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 Program

Our Housing Law Program (HLP) provides free legal help to people who cannot afford the services of a private attorney.  We specialize in providing this legal assistance in housing-related matters, including eviction defense, obtaining and keeping affordable public and subsidized housing, and serious unsafe housing conditions. The HLP also provides HOUSING LAW WORKSHOPS  to community organizations.


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 landlords and tenants with cases scheduled that day.  

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

MONDAY COURT FORMS CLINIC will begin Monday, October 9, 2019 and be held from 9am-12pm 

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

Finding a lawyer:

Essex County Bar Association Lawyer for a Day Program 

           Limited legal assistance for landlords and tenants

 Wednesdays 9am-2pm

*services offered in Salem at the program tables located on the 3rd floor (outside the Housing Court Clerk’s office)

Michael Ruane Judicial Center

56 Federal Street

Salem, MA   

Northeast Legal Aid 

          Offices in Lynn, Lawrence, and Lowell    

(978) 458-1465



Lawyer Referral Service:

Essex County Bar Lawyer Referral Service

          Private attorneys who charge reduced fees and offer free consultation

(978) 741-7888



Find Free Legal Services near you: (income eligibility)

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 HousingLDP@essexcountybar.net

Pro Bono Housing Law Project

This Project includes private attorneys who volunteer their time to provide free legal representation in housing-related matters to people who cannot otherwise afford private legal services.  This Project is coordinated through our Housing Law Program and the Lawyer for a Day Program of the Northeast Housing Court.  Our HLP provides free training and mentoring to participating pro bono attorneys. Please contact the Housing Law Program.

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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119 Rear Foster Street, Building 13
Peabody, MA 01960