Housing and Homelessness Prevention

Community Outreach

NSCAP’s Community Outreach Program consists of many services to assist disabled chronically homeless individuals by assisting with housing search, rental startup costs, and short term subsidies, while encouraging self-sufficiency, dignity and respect. Potentially homeless households may also receive help by way of rental arrears assistance to stabilize their lives.

Also, 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.

Additionally, NSCAP’s Community Outreach Program has a service (HOPWA) to assist people afflicted by HIV/AIDS to find housing and obtain appropriate services to become or remain independent.

Please bear in mind we primarily serve the low-income residents (as defined by federal poverty guidelines) of Peabody, Salem, Beverly and Danvers; the department’s ability to provide its various services is limited to the funding available.

For more information, or to be screened for an appointment, contact the appropriate case worker.

Community Outreach – 978-531-0767
Lee Hartmann – HOPWA, Utility Arrearages.                         Extension x304  E: lhartmann@nscap.org

Erica Castano – Rental Arrearages, Homeless Intake.        Extension x311  E: ecastano@nscap.org

Lori Martin – Assistant Director                                                      Extension x312  E: lmartin@nscap.org

Heidi Williams – Program Director                                                Extension x310  E: hwilliams@nscap.org

Housing Pathways

We provide homeless families referred by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) with temporary shelter in local apartments, help them search for permanent affordable housing and provide case-management services before and after they have moved into permanent housing.  We combine career development and employment with housing, case management and clinical services, to give families the possible chance for success and self-sufficiency. The program also offers families workshops on topics such as financial management, resume writing, job placement and retention, networking strategies and affordable housing.


Housing Pathways is for families with children and pregnant women who are experiencing homelessness. Placement in the program is dependent on a referral from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

How to Access

Families seeking emergency housing should go in person to the satellite office of DHCD located at the Department of Transitional Assistance office at 35 Congress Street in Salem.

Contact: Housing Pathways Program Director, Mary Marte
Email: mmarte@nscap.org
Call: 978-531-0767 x308

Housing Law Education

The Housing Law Program has moved to the Essex County Bar Association in Salem. Contact the Coordinator at P – 978-500-5790 or E – HousingLDP@essexcountybar.net 

On staff, there is still an advocate to provide clients with information regarding their rights and responsibilities as a tenant or landlord, options during an eviction, and providing further resources if they are applicable. Please bear in mind they are otherwise unable to provide legal counsel.

Eric Homen – Housing Law Liaison
P: (978) 531-0767 Ext 100 E: ehomen@nscap.org


Help with eviction and other housing related legal matters:

Essex County Bar Association Lawyer for a Day Program:

Volunteer lawyers are available to provide limited legal assistance in mediation or legal advice and assistance with court forms on a first-come, first-served basis.
Priority between 8:30am-11:30am given to those with cases scheduled that day.  

Mondays 9am-12pm & Wednesdays 8:30am-2pm
Northeast Housing Court in the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center
56 Federal Street, Salem, MA
3rd floor outside the Housing Court Clerk’s Office

Volunteer lawyers can provide assistance with filing and serving forms for eviction and other housing-related issues.

Finding a lawyer:



Essex County Bar Association

Private attorneys who charge reduced fees and offer free consultation

(978) 741-7888


Find Free Legal Services near you: (income-dependent)

CLICK here to find https://www.masslegalservices.org/FindLegalAid

Would you like to VOLUNTEER as attorney in the Lawyer for a Day Program in the Northeast Housing Court?

                    Contact the Coordinator at P – 978-500-5790 E – HousingLDP@essexcountybar.net 


Click here for other housing-related resources and information.



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


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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