Additional Resources to those listed below can be found at:  Arlington’s Safety Net.


    • Remember: if you receive a “Notice to Quit” letter from your landlord, that is just the start of the eviction process. It does not mean you have to leave your home. You have a right to stay in your home until a judge says you must leave. As soon as you are concerned about being able to hold on to your housing, please call HCA! The earlier you come to us, the better we can help. 781-859-5294.
    • As a tenant, you should know your rights — your landlord may not be following state law. Mass Legal Help has easy to understand information about issues you may be facing with your apartment.

  • FOOD (including Pet Needs)

Arlington EATS Market

The Arlington EATS Market is a safe space for anyone in Arlington who needs food. If you are an Arlington resident in need of food, including a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy and canned and shelf stable food, once per week. Arlington EATS Market is open for in-person shopping three days a week by appointment only.  The Market is located at 117 Broadway.

Sign up for in-person shopping: 

Online at – Sign up for a time each week that you want to come shopping. Monday and Tuesday slots are open by noon on Tuesdays, and Wednesday slots are open by noon on Wednesdays.

By Phone at 339-707-6761 – Leave a message with your name and phone number, and you will receive a call back on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons.

Have questions? Please contact Jane Biondi or Andi Doane.

Over 60 and need free transportation? Call the Arlington Council on Aging at 781-316-3400.

Arlington Pet Food Pantry

You can schedule an appointment to get food for your pet:

Other Food Resources

    • Mystic Community Market291 Mystic Avenue Medford, MA 02155, 617- 629-5120. Please call before going to inquire about hours and availability.
    • SNAP Application Assistance – Call Arlington Council on Aging (all ages) at 781-316-3400.
    • National School Lunch Program The State of Massachusetts has received additional funding to provide households with school-aged children additional  P-EBT funds for each student.


MassHire is located nearby to Arlington at 186 Alewife Brook Parkway in Cambridge – at the Fresh Pond Mall shopping center.

You can sign up to get their job search service online: Getting Started – MassHire Metro North Career Center (

MassHire’s job posting page is updated regularly at: Hot Jobs – MassHire Metro North Career Center (


  • Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) can assist low-income residents in Arlington on legal issues relating to housing and state and federal benefits.  Their Boston office remains open for legal issues relating to family law, immigration, employment, and consumer issues. 

Call 617-603-2700 and leave a voice mail message or visit  Calls are promptly returned during normal business hours, with advice and/or referrals provided.  


    • Domestic Violence Resources – SafeLink, 1-877-785-2020, is Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free, multilingual hot line and a resource for anyone affected by domestic violence.
    • Mass 211 is a hotline to help you connect with a wide range of services.  Call 2-1-1 or visit the website at
    • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
    • Beth Israel Lahey Health has put out a guide for new immigrants trying to access healthcare:

BILH_Resource_Guide-Spanish / Atención médica en Massachusetts:
Información importante para sus primeros meses

BILH_Resource_Guide_Haitian Creole / Swen Sante nan Massachusetts: Enfòmasyon Enpòtan pou Premye Mwa w Yo

BILH_Resource Guide-English / Healthcare in Massachusetts: Important Information for Your First Few Months

As always, please call 911 in case of a life-threatening emergency.