Housing and Homelessness Prevention
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: email@example.com
Erica Castano – Rental Arrearages, Homeless Intake. Extension x311 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Martin – Assistant Director Extension x312 E: email@example.com
Heidi Williams – Program Director Extension x310 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
LEGAL SERVICES FOR TENANTS AND LANDLORDS
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.
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
*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
Northeast Legal Aid
Offices in Lynn, Lawrence, and Lowell
Lawyer Referral Service:
Essex County Bar Lawyer Referral Service
Private attorneys who charge reduced fees and offer free consultation
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.
“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.
119 Rear Foster Street, Building 13
Peabody, MA 01960