Friday, March 14, 2014

Mass Housing - Housing List

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Mass Access The Accessible Housing Registry

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Housing and Economic Development Affordable Housing (Public Housing)

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Public Housing Applications & Documentation

Standard Application for Public Housing

Universal STANDARD Application for State-Aided Public Housing, MRVP and AHVP doc format of    standapp.doc   (Word)
Universal STANDARD Application for State-Aided Public Housing, MRVP and AHVP pdf format of    standapp.pdf  (Adobe)

Request for Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications rtf format of    requestaccom.rtf

Notice to All Applicants and Residents Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications rtf format of    requestaccomnotice.rtf
Verification of Handicapped Status for State-Aided Elderly/Handicapped Housing doc format of    physicianverify.doc  (revised)
Verification of Disability Form for Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications doc format of    verificationofdisability.doc

Emergency Application for Public Housing

Universal EMERGENCY Application for State-Aided Public Housing pdf format of    emergapp.pdf

Emergency Application Instructions rtf format of    emergappinstruct.rtf

Checklist of Required Verification Document for Priority Status rtf format of    prioritychecklist.rtf

Physician Verification of Severe Medical Emergency doc format of    physicverificationsevere.doc
(only applies if requesting priority due to Severe Medical Emergency)

DHCD Model Emergency Case Plan rtf format of    modelcaseplan.rtf

Income Limits
State Public Housing & State Alternative Housing Voucher Program Income Limits pdf format of    Net Income Limits by Household Size
Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program Eligibility/Income Limits 

Local Housing Authority Listing by Town (addresses to send application)


pdf format of    incomemrvp.pdf

Operation Bootstrap (Beverly)

This is food buying co-operative. Participants can purchase predetermined bags of groceries at a discounted rate.

Requirements:  2 hours of community service per month.

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Haven from Hunger

Location: 71 Wallis Street Peabody MA  01960 978-531-1530
Requirements:  "No Questions Asked Meal" Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 5:00-6:00.

Groceries:  You can go 1 time and get a free bag of groceries. The 2nd time you need to provide proof of residency.

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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Formerly Food Stamps

SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)

You can use food stamp benefits for meals at the
Torigian Community Life Center.

Seniors living on a fixed income may be eligible for SNAP benefits. The FoodSource Hotline can help with applications on the telephone. They also assists current SNAP recipients with questions regarding their cases as well as referrals for local emergency food resources.
The Food/Source Hotline is open
Monday–Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and
Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.
The Food/Source Hotline phone number is 1-800-645-8333.

Help is Available to Beat the High Cost of Food
If you are a low-income senior (age 60 or over), you may now qualify for food assistance through the SNAP Program, even if you own a home or a car or have savings. Thanks to new changes to the SNAP program, there is no asset limit for seniors whose incomes fall within certain guidelines (income from those assets may be counted); and other program improvements have increased benefits for thousands of households. (Seniors whose incomes fall above the guidelines may still be eligible, but their assets will be considered.)

New Asset Rules for Senior/Disabled Households
Household Size      Monthly Gross Income           Assets
     1                             Below $1,734                  No Asset Limit
     2                             Below $2,334                  No Asset Limit
SNAP eligibility is based on income and certain expenses. To find out if you are eligible, call Project Bread’s Hotline at

Monday—Friday 8:00 AM–7:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM–2 PM.

The SNAP program is a nutrition assistance program designed to help individuals and families buy nutritious food when money’s tight.
  • Keep elderly family members independent. For the elderly, participation can help improve nutritional status and well-being and increase independence. Nine percent of participants are age 60 or older.
  • By receiving SNAP benefits you are not taking benefits away from another person. Everyone who applies and is determined to be eligible by the State/local eligibility worker will get SNAP benefits.
  • While some receive $10.00, the average monthly food stamp benefit is about $86.00.
  • In June 2004, the food stamp program completed a transformation from paper coupons to an electronic Benefit Card (EBT Card). Participants receive a plastic EBT card (similar to a bank debit card) with the dollar amount for which they are eligible each month.
The SNAP program generates economic activity.
  • Every $4.00 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in total community spending.
  • Every additional dollars worth of SNAP benefits generates 17 to 47 cents of new spending on food.
  • On average, $1 billion of retail food demand by SNAP recipients generates 3,300 farm jobs.

Call your local office to apply at 978-825-7300.

If you need assistance to apply, please call Sheila and Maryanne at 978-531-2254.
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Apply for Benefits Online: 

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Fill-able Print-able SNAP Application

Complete and print a fill-able application provided here. Please note, the Adobe Acrobat Reader only allows you to view and print fill-able PDF forms. It does not allow you to save the completed form to your computer. Once you complete the application, make sure you print it, sign it, and mail to: DTA P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420.
  • SNAP Benefits Application (English) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-eng.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-eng.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Spanish) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-sp.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-sp.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Portuguese) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-por.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-por.doc      
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Khmer) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Khmer  docx format of SNAPA-1 Khmer
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Vietnamese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Vietnamese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Vietnamese
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Haitian Creole) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole  docx format of SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Russian) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Russian  docx format of SNAPA-1 Russian
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Chinese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Chinese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Chinese 
To help us determine your eligibility for SNAP benefits, you may be asked to provide proofs (verifications) of certain statements you have made.  You may submit those proofs (verifications) by mailing or faxing them to DTA. Here is the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Electronic Document Management (EDM) Mail/Fax Cover Sheet: (DTA EDM Mail/Fax Cover Sheet - ENGLISH) pdf format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English
doc format of                             DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English                 

Apply in Person

Go to your local Transitional Assistance Office.

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Durable Medical Equipment and Medicare Part B

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MassSAVE Energy Audits

MassSAVE is a year-round energy efficiency program aimed at reducing energy costs, improving home performance, creating a healthier environment, and improving comfort. It is available to all Massachusetts residents, whether they rent or own their home. MassSAVE offers energy tips, information about free home energy assessments, energy-saving products, loans, rebates, and other incentives for energy saving home improvements. Please call 1-866-527-7283 for more information.

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Massachusetts Energy Alliance

Can provide additional assistance for families on Fuel Assistance who use up their benefit.

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Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Administered by: Salvation Army 93 North St. Salem MA  978-744-5181

This program will provide up to $300.00 emergency assistance for energy for individuals not eligible for Fuel Assistance

Applicants must contact the Salvation Army directly to set up an appointment. They should bring documentation on household income.

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Citizens Energy

1-800JOE 4 OIL

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Fuel Assistance

Low-income families and individuals can get help with the cost of heating their homes, even if they rent. Fuel assistance is available to income-eligible applicants. Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of every household member, 18 years of age or older. <<Click here for Income Eligibility & Benefit Chart>>

 Applicants may apply from November 1 to April 30.  To make an appointment, call
NSCAP at 978-531-077 x136

Are you an existing fuel assistance client? If so, you may be eligible for the following:
Free Refrigerator or Freezer

  • If your refrigerator or freezer is not energy efficient, they may be able to replace it for free.
  • They also install energy efficient light bulbs that will help you save money on your electric bill.
  • Their energy manager will educate you on other ways you can save money on your electric bill.
  • Renters and homeowners are eligible, but you must be a National Grid customer.
Free Heating System Repair or Replacement
  • If your heating system is broken or inefficient, they may be able to repair or replace it for free.
  • Only homeowners are eligible.
Free Insulation and Weatherization
  • If your home or apartment needs insulation or weatherization, they may be able to install them at no cost to you. All work is done by insured contractors.
  • Renters and homeowners are eligible.
To learn more, call NSCAP at 978-531-0767 x118

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program

AT User
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program  >>
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program, operated by Easter Seals Massachusetts, is an alternative financing project that gives people with disabilities and elders access to low interest cash loans to purchase assistive devices and services. The program has many options that can help — even for people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.
Assistive technology (AT) is any device that helps a person achieve greater independence and lead a more productive life. Many different items are considered assistive technology, including:
  • Hearing aids
  • Computers with special programs
  • Electric wheelchairs or scooters
  • Adapted vehicles
An assistive technology service helps people determine which device may be right for them. It also helps people locate and purchase devices, trains them on their use, and provides maintenance and repair. The MA AT Loan Program can refer loan recipients to assistive technology services that meet their specific needs.
This program is supported by grants to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MA AT Loan Program is operated and maintained by Easter Seals Massachusetts in partnership with Sovereign Bank.