Services for Residents

Buying a Home - Buying a home is likely one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make; it can also be one of the most stressful.  There are many issues to consider when deciding to buy a home, so familiarize yourself with these and the home buying process before you start searching for your dream home.

Child Care Assistance - Free or subsidized child care programs

Child Support Assistance - Establishing paternity and a child support order, as well as making and modifying child support payments, are important steps to help parents share the cost of raising children in Massachusetts

Food Assistance - contact Palmer Food Share, 39 Walnut Street, 413-283-3614.

Foreclosure - You may qualify for mortgage loan restructuring through President Obama's Making Home Affordable program

Household Debt - Massachusetts program help residents manage debt, bankruptcy, and foreclosure, and enforce laws to protect them from unfair lending practices and predatory financial institutions.

Self Employment - Thinking of starting your own business.  The Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation can help you prepare a business plan and connect you with technical support.

SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a program for families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines.  SNAP benefits help you buy nutritious food for your family.

Unemployment - The Department of Unemployment Assistance program provides temporary income assistance to Massachusetts workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are able to work.

WIC - The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and other services free of charge to Massachusetts Families who qualify.