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Assistance from the North Shore Community Action Program.

Residents of the Boston Massachusetts area who live on the North Shore can receive assistance with paying bills from the North Shore Community Action Program (NSCAP). This organization is the primary designated antipoverty and aid agency for the residents who live in the communities of Danvers, Salem, Peabody, and Beverly Massachusetts. In total, the organization will provide help with bills to over 20 towns and cities that are located on the North Shore. The organization has been in existence since 1965, and it was created under the under the Economic Opportunity Act. The primary goal of the North Shore Community Action Program is to help both low and mid income families with empowering themselves as they move towards self-sufficiency. They offer many short term assistance programs, and the goal is to help people get back on their feet over the long term. Here is just a sampling of how they can help.

They offer rent and eviction prevention services. The NSCAP’s Housing Assistance Program (HAP) will provide housing and rent assistance to individuals and families that facing the risk of losing their home or apartments, or those who are currently homeless. They will do whatever they can to help people who are at risk of homelessness, as they want to increase their ability to maintain their housing or obtain permanent, affordable housing. Every single family will be assigned a personal housing counselor who will meet with the applicant, and they will proceed with completing a thorough assessment of the family’s financial situation, including their current housing situation and what services they need.

Another program is the NSCAP’s Fuel Assistance program. This will help people pay for their heating bills during the cold Massachusetts winters. Both homeowners as well as renters, including any families that rent an apartment in which their cost of heat is included in the rent, may apply for assistance. Also find how to get free heating oil, click here.

People can save on their energy bills with the weatherization assistance program. This is a federally funded program, and the funds being allocated will be increased as a direct result of the stimulus programs. It was created to help people save money on their utility bills, including heating and cooling bills. Another benefit is to make your home more comfortable to live in. All of the upgrade work, that tries to improve energy efficiency, is completed by professional contractors and some of the upgrades can include additional wall and attic insulation and weather stripping.

They are located at 78 Main Street in Peabody Massachusetts. Call (978) 531-0767. Or click here to find other ways to get help in the greater Essex County region.





By Jon McNamara

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