SafetyNet Shelter
Grant Program

The Commonwealth has partnered with United Way of Massachusetts Bay to efficiently and rapidly deploy $5 million to community-based organizations (CBOs) to support emergency overnight shelter and necessities for extremely low-income families with children and pregnant people who have an urgent and immediate need for emergency shelter.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities and United Way of Massachusetts Bay representatives are available to discuss the site selection and application process. For more information, please contact Josh Cuddy, Director of Interagency Coordination at and Sarah Bartley, UWMB Vice President Safe & Stable Housing at

Information & Requirements

Grant Information Session Recording GRANT PROGRAM FAQ [PDF] BUDGET WORKSHEET [XLSX] Organizations are invited to apply on their own or in partnership with other volunteer groups, faith-based groups, or organizations in their community. Applicants can apply to expand an existing site or establish a new site. In selecting grantees, United Way of Massachusetts Bay will prioritize CBOs with the following characteristics: - Experience in serving low-income, non-English or limited English speaking and historically underserved communities, families and pregnant individuals - Experience in serving populations experiencing homelessness - Ability to conduct outreach to identify individuals and households that qualify for assistance - Organizations or collaboratives that are well supported and already include or are seeking to build connections to relevant resources or services - Sites that offer reliable and adequate amenities including showers, meals, laundry, and other necessities


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