Gloucester and area assistance program.

The services and non-profit agencies referenced below focus on the providing financial help to the low income in Gloucester. However a number of other Essex County assistance programs are also open and available for people to look into.

Funds to pay for rent, utilities and prevent evictions

The nonprofit organization, Fund to Prevent Homelessness, which is based in Manchester will provide onetime grants that can be used for rental and housing assistance to families who live in Gloucester, Beverly, Essex, Rockport, Hamilton, Manchester, and also Wenham. They will help those who do not qualify for any other Massachusetts state funding. They are a proactive organization, and try to provide aid before the family gets into serious trouble or faces eviction.

The organization, which gives 100 percent of contributions to families in need of help, defines families as a having a minimum of at least one parent and one child in the home, so not all people will qualify. There is also a screening process as the board will use a volunteer professional intake coordinator to review, evaluate and assess the needs of families requesting assistance to ensure the most people, and those who need the most assistance, are helped.  All inquiries should be sent to Fund to Prevent Homelessness, P.O. Box 17, Manchester 01944. Dial 978-927-1561.

Gloucester based Catholic Charities North, which is located on 60 Prospect Street and can be reached at (978) 283 - 3055, offers a large number of services. They run a community service center, and they are the local office of the Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. They focus on helping those in the immediate area, and are focused on offering short term help, and longer term support as well. They even are a great place to get information on such options as Massachusetts energy assistance.

Examples of the assistance offered by the Gloucester Massachusetts agency include free food and clothing pantries, rental and security deposit assistance, mortgage payment assistance, rent payment assistance, free foreclosure counseling,  electric bill payment assistance, gas and heating bill payment assistance, general legal aid, immigration/naturalization legal services, parenting/family support groups, English as a second language, teen parent/pregnant teen education programs, pregnancy counseling, language interpretation, Christmas and holiday programs, as well as day camps.

A nearby Salvation Army serves Gloucester. (978) 922-4522. A number of grant and financial assistance programs are offered, including rent, energy bill help, and food.




By Jon McNamara

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