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Nantucket assistance program.

The Emergency Food Pantry and Interfaith Council Rental Assistance program

Low and moderate Nantucket residents can get food aid and help with rent from this organization. The Emergency Food Pantry is located in St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Fair Street, and the Interfaith Council is the primary contributor. They will provide free meals to struggling families.

For those that nee housing help, the Nantucket Rental Assistance Program, which is also sponsored by the Interfaith Council, will assist low and mid income families.

Some of the details of the program include individuals and families that are currently residing in a rental unit can get help with paying their first-and-last month rent payments. Or they may receive ongoing monthly rent payments or from one to two months of rent payments in an emergency.

There are some conditions to be eligible for aid. To qualify for the Nantucket Rental Assistance Program, families need to show that they can sustain rent payments after the assistance ends, as the intent of the program is not to provide aid that never ends. There are also some income criteria. The maximum assistance provided is up to $3,000. Dial 508-228-7438.

Project Prevention ((508) 771-5400) is another local housing resource that is run by the local community action agency as well as Housing Assistance Corporation. The non-profit HAC administers a number of housing programs for local individuals and families that are facing eviction or who may be currently experiencing homelessness. A large number of workshops and housing counseling is offered for first-time home buyers. In addition, rental assistance (including Section 8 housing) can help the low income stay in their home or apartment. Home repairs and rehabilitation can be applied for. Last but not least homeowners can get information on Massachusetts foreclosure assistance and eviction prevention programs. HAC also administers Regional Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC).

Specifically, the agency also counsels Nantucket Massachusetts community members about debt and credit problems, provides personal budgeting, and home-buying programs for first timers.

Services offered by the Housing Assistance Corporation include first time buyer home loans, rental programs, homeless shelter, home rehabilitation programs, foreclosure and housing counseling, mortgage payment assistance, credit and debt counseling, rent payment assistance, mortgage foreclosure information, housing search and information, mortgage delinquency and default resolution counseling, personal finances/budget counseling, free legal advice, weatherization energy saving tips, specialized information and referral regarding housing issues, transitional housing/shelter, and landlord/tenant assistance and mediation.




By Jon McNamara

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