Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Resources

We know that, unfortunately, more Amherst residents will be facing financial hardship. Throughout the pandemic, we have been compiling lists of resources and supports at amherstcovid19.org and staff stand ready to help you navigate them. If you know anyone else who would find this information helpful, please share it with them.

If you need help accessing resources, please call 413-259-2425 or email us at covidconcerns@amherstma.gov to be connected to multi-lingual Town of Amherst staff.


  • Not Bread Alone serves free hot meals outside the lower levels of First Congregational Church of Amherst at 165 Main Street. Wednesday meal is served between 3:45 PM and 5:15 PM and Saturdays and Sundays between 11:45 AM and 1:15 PM.

  • SNAP is a federal nutrition assistance program for low-income individuals and families that provides benefits via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

    • You can check your eligibility for SNAP here and sign up for benefits here.

    • The SNAP time limit and work rules have been suspended because of COVID-19. If you were previously denied SNAP for not meeting the work rules, you should reapply for benefits.

    • Note that SNAP benefits are factored into public charge determinations. You should speak with your immigration attorney before applying. If you do not have an immigration attorney, you can contact these services to request free legal help.

Health, Insurance & Recovery Assistance

  • Mass Support provides 8 counselors in western Mass for persons of all ages, call 1-888-215-4920

  • MassHealth Customer Service Center: 1-800-841-2900 (TTY:1-800-497-4648)

  • Health Care Centers near/in Amherst

  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton), 413-582-2000

  • John P. Musante Health Center (Amherst), 413-835-4980

Housing & Utilities


  • Stavros Small Grants (413) 256-0472 x201
    Provides rental assistance, food insecurity, pharmacy co-pays, medical supplies, PPE for those eligible to become a STAVROS consumer or those with a disability

  • Community Action Community Resources & Advocacy
    Resources for utility bills, rent, water/sewer, hot water, internet SNAP applications, Call 413-475-1570

  • Western Massachusetts Community Aid
    The Western Massachusetts Community Aid is a grassroots movement that provides opportunities to post updates about support and requests for assistance.