get support

MAAP offers a twice-weekly drop-in space and free store for community members who are unhoused, under-housed, or surviving poverty. 

Accessing MAAP's Drop-In SPACE

& Free Store

  • Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM - 3PM (we do not close for holidays)

  • Address: 5 Longfellow Park Cambridge, MA 02138

    • Just outside of Harvard Square off of Brattle Street in the basement of the Friends Meeting at Cambridge (the Quakers) Meeting House

  • We are continuing to host our drop-in in our front in our yard as we are waiting for our windows to be replaced to ensure COVID safety in our space. We anticipate being able to return to our basement space in early 2023. You are still able to come inside to the indoor respite space to rest. 

  • You do not need a referral or appointment. There is no formal intake / collection of information about anyone who accesses our space.

  • We are able to provide a letter confirming you have come to our space if it is necessary or helpful in accessing support  - sometimes this is required for transportation, housing etc. 

MAAP Drop-In Offerings 

  • Material Aid from our Free Store

    • Gently-used seasonally-appropriate clothing, shoes, and accessories (all of our clothing is donated, so sometimes we may be out of certain sizes - especially of items that are in higher demand such as larger men's coats or sneakers)

    • Survival supplies (tents, sleeping bags, yoga mats, camping packs, flashlights, water stations etc)

    • Hygiene Kits 

    • Menstrual Hygiene Kits

    • Wound Care Kits & Basic First Aid Kits

    • Small household goods (bedding, towels, cooking supplies, dishware) 

  • Meals and Hot & Cold Drinks

    • Menu

      • ​Through a partnership with the City of Cambridge we offer catered hot meals (incl. a veg option) from a local restaurant. Meals have included chicken / falafel hummus plates, ziti and chicken parmesan, burritos or burrito bowls.   

      • We also have a variety of rescued sandwiches, salads, and snacks from Wholefoods, Trader Joe’s and Wegman's that we receive from Food Link. These typically include veg and vegan options.

      • On Tuesdays we receive food from Digg through Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. This typically includes chicken, roasted vegetables, grains, and macaroni and cheese. 

      • We also typically have oatmeal, mac and cheese, and snack bags as they are donated. 

      • Coffee and bottled water are self-serve outside. Frozen bottled water, lemonade and hot tea are inside and can be ordered with your food. 

    • We put out a “menu of the day” at 9am. Just let us know what you'd like and we'll get it for you! 

    • You're welcome to eat on our lawn & take extra to go for yourself and / or a friend.

    • Any extra food we have at the end of the day is distributed by community members to several community fridges, brought to encampments, or passed along to Boston Food for Activists. If you know folks who aren't able to make it to our spot and are in need of a meal, let us know and we can pass food along. 

  • Indoor Respite Space to Nap, Chill, or Work

    • The ​Friends Meeting at Cambridge (the Quakers) have allowed us to use their sanctuary space as a spot for people to nap or spend quiet time inside during drop-in hours.

    • We have sleeping mats and blankets.

    • To access the space we ask that you fill out a short COVID questionnaire, wear a mask, and remove. 

  • Housing Navigation

    • Thursdays Noon - 3PM​

    • Contact: Cherry Russell (617)871-9223  I  cherry1stshelt@gmail.com

    • Cherry Russell, a housing navigator from First Church Shelter, can support you in completing a C-CAN assessment, filling out housing applications, and answering your questions throughout the process, depending on what YOU want and need. She will follow your lead. Housing Applications require you to share information about yourself. We recognize that you may have many valid reasons for being hesitant to share personal information. You can review the process and questions before starting and can STOP the process at any time.

OTHER OFFERINGS

  • Support accessing broader resources

  • Phone & Laptop Access

  • Charging: Phone, Portable Chargers, Computers, E-Bracelets, Chairs etc.

  • Resource navigation and connection 

  • MAAP's Current Resource Guide which is updated regularly with new / changing information - please let us know if there are any updates you know of that we should make! 

MAAP COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MEETING

MAAP hosts a community organizing meeting at our space on Tuesdays from 3-4:30PM. Check in with Cassie or Rachel, or look at our organizing meeting binder for more information. 

 

MAAP ORGANIZING GROUP MISSION

The MAAP Organizing Group builds community, leadership, and power among people surviving poverty in public to create systemic change for healthy, safe, and just communities for all. We educate, advocate, and agitate to demand the dismantling of systems that cause us harm including the war on drugs and the prison industrial complex, and instead call for investment in evidence-based solutions to persistent poverty where housing is a right and not a reward, people have access to comprehensive healthcare including harm reduction, and community members’ human rights are affirmed. 

 

MAAP ORGANIZING GROUP VISION

The MAAP Organizing Group is building collective power among people who are unhoused or underhoused, people who use drugs, or have a relationship to drugs other than abstinence, people with mental illness, people who are involved in the criminal legal system, people who have experienced involuntary civil commitment, people living with HIV, and people engaged in sex work. We know our collective experiences, wisdom, and strength make us best suited to fight the interconnected systems that have coerced, surveilled, criminalized, and failed us. We name, shame, take aim, and actively and continuously work to end the barriers to access, bad policy, and systems that criminalize us. At the same time, we are developing our shared vision of interconnected evidence-based solutions to systemic poverty that are rooted in community care and liberation. Housing justice, racial justice, ending the war on drugs, prison abolition, decriminalization of homelessness, accessible and comprehensive healthcare for all are our work.

 

MAAP ORGANIZING GROUP GOALS

  • HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT 

    • Create low-barrier, deeply affordable housing that is offered without pre-conditions, including abstinence or participation in substance use treatment, and is decoupled from sobriety and shelter, and includes voluntary supportive services

    • Establish City Rent Subsidy Programs in Boston and Cambridge

  • HEALTHCARE & HARM REDUCTION

    • Expand low-threshold healthcare and harm reduction services

    • Authorize supervised consumption sites where people can consume pre-obtained drugs in a safer environment in MA

  • HUMAN RIGHTS

    • End the involuntary and inhumane commitment of people under Section 35 and Section 12

    • Create community-based public safety programs that respond to calls about mental health crisis, substance use, and homelessness in Cambridge and Boston

    • End the forced removal of unhoused people from public space - including encampment sweeps and daily move-along orders. 

    • End Operation Clean Sweep, now codified in Boston’s encampment ban & Mayor Wu’s Citywide Plan to Address Homelessness & Substance Use, in Boston

  • ENDING SYSTEM OF HARM & ABOLITION

    • Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex (including the Police)

    • Establish a moratorium on new prisons and jails in MA

    • End the War on Drugs

      • Decriminalize drugs in MA

    • End the criminalization of sex work

      • Decriminalize sex work in MA

    • Stop the renewal of Business Improvement Districts