Our services provide assistance by making available supplemental nutritious food, help with rental payments to avoid loss of their homes or to move into stable housing, and /or fuel assistance to avoid having no heat during the winter season. These services are provided to qualified individuals in a manner expressing care and concern for those needing help and are handled in confidentiality without regard to race, sex, creed, religious affiliation or sexual orientation.
The Food Assistance Program, located at the pantry at 10 Washington Street, provides basic nonperishable and perishable foods in amounts proportional to family size.
The pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-6PM. Food delivery is also provided for seniors or disabled persons not able to visit the pantry, with emergency deliveries also available.
The Rental Assistance Program prevents homelessness and substandard living conditions by assisting lower income families with either first/last month rent to move into suitable housing or a short-term subsidy to remain housed, including payment to avoid eviction.
Assistance, paid directly to the landlord, is generally limited to $5000 over an 18-month period, although services can be extended for long term serious illness or another catastrophic situation. Applicants must show evidence of ability to pay rent after the assistance period and agree to a detailed financial, rental, and employment history review.
The Fuel Assistance program assists residents, both renters and home owners, to apply for benefits under the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or the Salvation Army Home Energy Program.
For those residents not qualifying for these benefits, we will assist with an emergency oil or propane tank fill or electric minimum payment to keep the family warm until a more permanent budget arrangement can be secured with the fuel provider for future service.
To learn more about these services, qualifications for assistance, and to arrange for an application interview please fill out the form: