Part of the community since 1812

Our Story

Boston Neighborhood Support is one of the oldest nonprofits in the state, founded as The Howard Benevolent Society in 1812 by a group of concerned Bostonians. Inspired by the humanitarian work of English philanthropist John Howard, the group met in their homes to discuss the needs of neighbors who were struggling and created this organization in response. For over 200 years, we’ve been responding to the needs of elderly folks and families in Boston. We have maintained our mission and unique place in the community by continuing to provide direct services.

Typically we work with over 200 households per year providing financial assistance for rent, heating oil, gas, and electricity. We work with clients from all neighborhoods in Boston, the majority living in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and the South End. We assist seniors, families and individuals with the largest group being single parent households.

Areas that we work with

We work with residents who live in neighborhoods of Boston.

We love talking to people right here in our community and working with them to help out when they have hit a road bump.

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