We recognize that everyone faces difficult financial situations from time to time. Ipswich Utilities works with these programs and organizations to provide assistance to those in need. If you are struggling to keep up with your utility bills, you may be eligible for assistance from one of the programs below.
If you have questions about any of the programs below, or you aren’t even sure where to start, call Action Inc. at (978) 282-1000 or visit them online at ActionInc.org.
Not sure where to start? Action Inc. is the answer. Action Inc. is a Community Action Agency serving the North Shore with a long history of providing support and services to those in need.
Fuel Assistance recipients may also quality for energy efficiency services including FREE home energy assessments, weatherization, and heating system repairs or replacements.
LIHEAP helps low-income individuals and families with the cost of heating their homes during the winter season. This is a regular monthly payment made toward recurring heating bills. Applicants should contact Action Inc. at 978-282-1000.
Learn more about income eligibility and available services with the 2021 Cold Relief Brochure.
Direct support for families affected by COVID-19 closures helping hourly workers struggling with lost income pay for food, household supplies, prescriptions, rent, utilities and medical bills.
In partnership with the City of Gloucester, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and working with local municipalities, Action Inc. is launching the Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund to help hourly workers impacted by the crisis. Visit actioninc.org/caerf/ for more information.
The RAFT Program (Residential Assistance for families in Transition) is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
RAFT offers flexible financial assistance designed to meet each family’s particular needs. Eligible uses include:
To be eligible for RAFT:
One time emergency financial relief. Income based using the same qualifiers as the LiHEAP program.
40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950-2751
Separate from Catholic Charities, this catholic organization assists local families in crisis. Applicants should call (978) 992-6151 to set up an interview with the organization. Assistance is based on the approval of the private organization.
Catholic organization assists local families in crisis. Applicants should call (978) 744-5181 to set up an interview with the organization. Assistance is based on the approval of the private organization.