The Emergency Funds Program helps Amherst citizens who are facing a financial emergency and are without resources to resolve the crisis. The program helps sustain housing by providing funds that will assist with rental arrears, utility bills, transportation or medical expenses.
These funds are available to those who meet the following requirements: (1) To qualify applicants must first be an Amherst resident; (2) applicants must be income eligible (see income limits below); and (3) applicants must be willing to consult with a local or statewide social service program that can help resolve the current emergency and future circumstances. Please contact town staff with questions about eligibility.
More than one person
Funds will be dispersed based on the following guidelines:
Households and individuals will be required to provide documentation that confirms their household income meets the limits above. Homeless individuals do not need to provide income documentation.
Documentation is required for every emergency need. For instance, if an applicant is facing an eviction, the eviction notice must be provided. Or, if an applicant is in arrears with a utility bill, the shut off notice must be provided. Referrals for homeless individuals will require a recommendation from a homelessness outreach worker and an invoice from the hotel/motel that provided the emergency shelter.
Funding will be provided as a last resort with the assurance that these funds will stabilize the residency of the household, for example, that a household or individual will not be evicted.
The Town of Amherst will be responsible for screening households and applicants to collect client information, documentation of need and household income.
In an effort to prevent families and individuals from facing recurring crisis, the Town of Amherst will make referrals and provide contact information of the appropriate agencies.
The homelessness outreach worker(s) will be responsible for screening applicants who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and follow the same procedure as Town of Amherst staff.
Town of Amherst does not provide assistance for rental deposits.
Homeless individuals in need of emergency shelter may be eligible for additional support depending on circumstances.
For more information or to set up an appointment, please call Ruth Taylor at (413) 259-3199. To submit an emergency fund request please complete an intake form (use one of the forms above), include all applicable documentations and send to:
Town Hall - Community Development
Attn: Ruth Taylor
4 Boltwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Amherst, MA 01002