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supporting newly arrived immigrants

As of October 2, 2023, more than 6,700* families were living in emergency shelters across Massachusetts; about half of those are recent immigrants seeking shelter and safety from the unimaginable conditions they faced in their home countries, including Haiti and Venezuela.

As support organizations work to welcome and support newly arriving families, the strains on the state’s emergency shelter system – which was not designed for this level of capacity – are extreme, and there is need for immediate support.

ECCF is in contact with our nonprofit partners working directly with these families and individuals. And on Sept. 22, 2023, we gathered a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss the needs and challenges; the immigrant experience in Massachusetts; and ways to support the work being done right now to meet this moment. We’d like to give a special thanks to our panelists:

  • Gerald Gabeau, Founder and Executive Director, Immigrant Families Services Institute
  • Carolina Trujillo, Executive Director, Citizens Inn
  • Kelly Turley, Associate Director, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Alexandra Weber, Chief Advancement Officer, Senior Vice President, International Institute of New England

We invite you to read the event recap, view the recording of this discussion and take action.


Take Action:

ECCF has developed a full list of local, vetted nonprofit organizations seeking support and/or volunteers for their work to address the needs across Essex County. You can also donate to the Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund – a statewide fund organized by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and The Boston Foundation

This is an evolving situation, and we’ll continue to update this page with additional resources and information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your generosity.

*This data is updated frequently by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities.

Wraparound supports, case management: 

Immigration/Legal Services:

Emergency shelter providers (many working with partners to connect families to services and provide basic necessities, transportation, etc.):

Policy and advocacy

*If you have a donor advised fund (DAF) at ECCF, and you’d like to make a donation to any of these organizations, simply use the organization or fund name in the online portal. Please do not hesitate to call ECCF if you have any questions or need assistance.

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