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Food and Housing Resources

As students, your focus should be on your studies. We know that these are challenging times and we are here to help. This webpage will serve as a guide to help you find the resources you need.

If food or housing insecurities or the lack of other basic needs are coming between you and your learning, please contact Rachel Frank, Student Life Case Manager, 978.542.2077.

Food

Salem State Food Pantry 

  • Located in Ellison Campus Center, on the first floor, next to Counseling and Health Services.
  • Open Monday - Friday, 7 am – 10 pm.
  • You will need your SSU ClipperCard to access the space but your information is not being recorded or saved.
  • Stocked with non-perishable food items, various toiletries, and hygiene products.
  • The food pantry is unstaffed; please take what you need, when you need it.
  • Contact LEAD (Leadership Engagement Advocacy Diversity) with any questions, 978.542.6506.

The Salem Pantry Pop Up

  • Weekly cost-free, mobile food pantry that brings fresh produce and healthy shelf-stable food to campus.
  • Every Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm, on campus at 68 Loring Avenue across from Central Campus.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government has expanded students’ access to SNAP benefits. You may qualify for benefits if you:

  • receive a MassGrant or Pell Grant 
  • are eligible for work-study (even if you do not have a work-study job)

OR 

  • have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 as determined by the FAFSA

To learn more about SNAP and apply online, visit the Mass.gov SNAP website.

  • Applications typically take less than 20 minutes.
  • There are additional SNAP rules and income eligibility requirements you must meet to qualify and benefits vary based on household size.

MA Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) 

As part of your SNAP benefits you are automatically enrolled and able to participate in HIP. HIP puts money back on your EBT card when you use your SNAP benefits to buy healthy, local fruits and vegetables from HIP farm vendors.

To identify locations/vendors where HIP is accepted visit DTAFinder.com

Project Bread 

  • Project Bread runs a toll-free and confidential hotline across the state to help connect residents with food resources, call 1.800.645.8333 for assistance.
  • Available Monday - Friday, 8 am - 7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 2 pm.
  • Counselors can assist callers in 180 languages.
  • Their counselors can help with SNAP (eligibility screening, information, and over-the-phone application assistance), finding free meals for kids, school meal sites, summer meal sites, P-EBT, local food pantries, and more.

Housing

If you are interested in living on campus at Salem State, please reach out to Residence Life with any questions about options and pricing. 

The CDC has extended the eviction moratorium in counties with heightened levels of community transmission through October 3, 2021. For more information about how this order impacts communities in MA please visit the Eviction Help Request page run by the Office of the Attorney General.

If you are unaccompanied, housing insecure, homeless, or declared independent, you may be eligible for additional financial aid assistance that can help with the cost of living on campus. Please reach out to Rachel Frank for questions and more information. 

Emergency Housing Assistance

  • If you are having trouble paying your rent or mortgage, lost your job and/or income, or at risk of becoming homeless due to the Covid-19 health crisis the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) may be able to help.
  • DHCD offers programs that can assist low-income households and can help get you connected with federal relief programs.
  • Please visit the website or call 2-1-1 for more information and eligibility information.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

  • This federal program was designed to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the Covid-19 health crisis.
  • Provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households.
  • For more information about eligibility and to apply go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org or call 833.511.0311 for a paper application.

Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development (LHAND)

  • LHAND works in partnership with Salem State Case Management to help SSU students find safe and stable housing.
  • The North Shore Housing Action Group (NSHAG) is a state-funded program to assist unaccompanied, homeless, or housing insecure young adults between the ages of 18-24 in Essex County.
  • The program can provide financial assistance, case management, coordination of services, and referrals to additional services.
  • Contact Rachel Frank for a referral or contact Merlinda Marseille at LHAND.

The Haven Project, Lynn 

  • The Haven Project is the only organization north of Boston dedicated to assisting unaccompanied, homeless, or housing insecure young adults aged 17-24.
  • Client Services Centers are located in downtown Lynn and at Lifebridge North Shore in Salem and provide help with immediate basic needs.
  • Contact The Haven Project, 781.913.5738 for more information about their services.

Lifebridge North Shore, Salem

  • Lifebridge provides emergency and transitional housing, case management services, and community meals.
  • Services may be impacted by COVID-19. Please call 978.744.0500 for updated information and immediate assistance.

YOUnity Drop-In Center

Located in Gloucester and available for young adults (ages 16-25).

Offers a variety of free supports including case management, peer support groups, mental health workshops, and free use of facilities including washers/dryers, hygiene supplies, a kitchen and food pantry.

For Salem Residents

Essex County Bar Association

The Essex County Bar Association offers free lawyer referral service and 30-minute consultations. Complete the referral form on their website or call them at: 978.741.7888.

START

The City of Salem's local rental relief program offers two $500 rental assistance checks to income eligible households that have been impacted by COVID-19. The program is administered by North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP).

Contact NSCAP at 978.548.5776 or email NSCAP at funds2020@nscap.org to apply or ask questions.

Other

Findhelp.org

Findhelp.org can connect you with local, statewide, and federal resources and provides real-time information about availability, wait times, and serves as a support and referral platform.