Advocacy

Housing Stabilization

NSCAP’s Advocacy Department works to prevent homelessness by offering low income residents assistance with rent and utilities.  Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless may qualify for financial assistance with rental arrearages or start-up funds to move into an affordable apartment.  Households with utility delinquency notices may qualify for financial assistance with past-due utility bills, utility deposits to open an account, or oil/kerosene deliveries.

To be screened for eligibility for help with rental arrearage or start-up funds (first, last, and/or security deposit) please call 978 531-0767, extension 150.  To be screened for eligibility for help with utility arrearages, a heating deliverable, or utility deposit assistance, please call 978-531-0767 extension 100.

Our experienced staff also provides Information and Referral to help residents connect with other resources.

Area Resources/Information and Referral Links:

Department of Transitional Assistance – Salem Office

For Cash Benefits:

  • TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children) 
  • EAEDC (Emergency Assistance to Elderly, Disabled and Children)

For Family Shelter:


Family Promise North Shore Boston Family Shelter


Child Support Assistance (Department of Revenue, DOR)


Domestic Violence Services:


Education:

Elder/Senior Citizen Resources:

Head Start Programs (Education for Children Ages 3 –  5 yrs):

Housing Authorities (Local Area):


Housing Subsidized State List:

  • MassHousing


Financial Counseling/Debt Management


Food Resources (Food Pantries, Meal Programs, etc.)


Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


Fuel Assistance/LIHEAP:

Health Care Services:


Health Insurance Assistance:


Immigration Resources:


Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann (Services for People with Disabilities)


Job Training/Employment Assistance:


Mental Health Services/Counseling:


Opiate and Drug Addiction Services:


Rent/Utility Arrearage Assistance:


Shelter – Single Adults:


Social Security Administration:


Tax Preparation Assistance: Free Services for Low-Income Individuals, Mid January – April 15: 


Utility Resources:

  • National Grid Gas Discount Rate Form
  • National Grid Electric Discount Rate Form
  • Arrears Management Program (AMP)
    • National Grid Arrears Management Program (AMP) provides financial assistance to eligible low-income customers with active accounts that have outstanding bills in arrears. Under the AMP program, eligible low-income customers may qualify for forgiveness of past due bills for service. Program participants receive credits to their past-due accounts once all program requirements have been met.
  • National Grid Electric AMP: 1-866-580-7617
  • National Grid Gas AMP: 1-800-732-3400
  • Utility Special Protections Against Shut-offs
    • Serious Illness/Personal Safety, Winter Protections, Families with Infants and Elderly Households
  • Peabody Municipal Light Plant (PMLP Electric) Financial Hardship Form: PDF coming soon
  • Medical Protection form:  PDF coming soon
  • Danvers Electric – Financial Hardship form:  PDF coming soon


Veterans Services:


Youth – Homeless Unaccompanied Youth (Age 17 – 24)


General Resource Links

“Thank you NSCAP for helping us with temporary shelter, and a permanent place to live.”

 

About NSCAP

NSCAP provides social services that enable low-income families and individuals to obtain the skills and knowledge they need to become economically self-sufficient, civically engaged, and to live in dignity and decency.

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119 Rear Foster Street, Building 13
Peabody, MA 01960

978-531-0767

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