Human Services

The Human Services Cabinet is committed to promoting the health and well-being of the City's residents. The provision of social, recreational, and support services to city residents, particularly the homeless, women, the elderly, youth, and veterans, will be coordinated and made available in a customer-friendly and culturally sensitive manner. The Cabinet enforces all antidiscrimination laws and protections under the jurisdiction of the City, and advocates for the advancement of policies and legislation to address the needs of individuals and groups within the City.

The Cabinet comprises the following departments:

  • Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF)

    BCYF offers a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. BCYF’s 35 facilities are located throughout Boston.

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  • Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)

    The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Bosto​n​.

    Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission - to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission’s more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Addictions Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Support Services; and Emergency Medical Services.

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  • Disabilities Commission

    The Commission facilitates full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in the City of Boston. They strive to reduce architectural, procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers that affect persons with disabilities.

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  • The Elderly Commission

    The mission of the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's senior citizens through planning, coordinating, and monitoring the delivery of services to the elderly in an efficient and effective manner

    The Elderly Commission, as Boston's Area Agency on Aging and Council on Aging, promotes the active involvement of seniors in the life and health of their neighborhoods. The Elderly Commission is also a partner agency in the Suffolk County Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC). The goal of the ADRC is to enhance collaborations between elder and disability service organizations, ensuring there is no wrong door when an elder or person with a disability is looking for assistance and services.

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  • Emergency Medical Services

    Boston EMS is the City's municipal Emergency Medical Service, and one of three public safety agencies who respond to 9-1-1 calls.

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  • Fair Housing & Equity

    The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity (FHE) is to eliminate discrimination and ensure equitable access to housing opportunities, public services, public accommodations, and participation in activities. The office strives to reduce procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers for persons living and working in the City of Boston.

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  • Food Initiatives

    The Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives was established in June 2010 to engage the Boston Food Council, partners, and City departments to address directives set forward by the mayor's office.

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  • New Bostonians

    The purpose of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians (MONB) is to strengthen the ability of diverse cultural and linguistic communities to play an active role in the economic, civic, social and cultural life in the city of Boston. MONB acts as a catalyst for providing opportunity, access and equality for immigrants, and highlights the contributions and the essential role that immigrants have played and continue to play in making Boston the world class city that it is.

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  • Veteran's Services

    Recognizing the service and sacrifice of our military veterans and their families; our mission is to provide our veterans and their families with assistance in times of need and connect them with the services and benefits that they are elligible for.

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  • Women's Advancement

    The Office of Women’s Advancement is an embodiment of Mayor Walsh’s commitment to promoting women in Boston. The Office provides a permanent, effective voice for all female residents of Boston by working inclusively with public, private, and non-profit partners on key issues that significantly affect women and girls.

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  • Youth Engagement & Employment

    Boston Youth Zone is the place to find activities, opportunities, after-school programs, and other fun things for Boston's kids and teens to do. Also find tips on finding a job, resume guides, scholarships, and money saving information. Stay connected through Facebook and check out events on the Youth Zone calendar.

    Over the years, the Boston Youth Fund (BYF) has made it a priority to offer positive job experiences to youth. It has been our philosophy that it is imperative to not only provide a paycheck, but also a quality work experience. This allows the youth of Boston an opportunity to discover and explore their talents while contributing to the well being of their community.

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  • See a listing of upcoming Human Service Cabinet events.

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2014 Transition Report