Patriot Ledger Lend A Hand

Lend A Hand Program

Thank you for your interest in the Lend A Hand program. Each year, South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC) partners with the Patriot Ledger newspaper to raise funds and to provide one-time assistance to "Ledger Land" residents with emergency needs.

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Lend A Hand 2017 - Fequently Asked Questions

1. How does the Lend A Hand program work?

The Patriot Ledger newspaper collects reader donations during late November and December. These donations are distributed to several South Shore service providers to assist individuals and families with emergency needs. Completed applications are processed on a first-completed, first-served basis until funding runs out, typically by February. Payments are made on the applicant's behalf to the appropriate vendor (e.g., landlord, mortgage lender, utility company, etc.). Submission of a Lend A Hand application does not guarantee payment.

2. Can I recieve assistance if I have recieved assistance in the past?

Lend A Hand provides one-time assistance.

3. Does the Lend A Hand program have a residency requirement?

Yes, you must live in the Patriot Ledger's circulation area. SSCAC's Lend A Hand program serves residents of the following towns: Cohasset, Scituate, Hull, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Duxbury, Kingston, Halifax, Carver, and Plymouth.

If you live in Sharon, Stoughton, Canton, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Holbrook, Abington, Whitman, Hanson, Rockland, Weymouth, or Braintree, please contact the Lend A Hand program at Quincy Community Action at 617-479-8181.

4. Why do I have to apply for Fuel Assistance first?

The Lend A Hand program verifies household income through information collected by the Fuel Assistance program. To ensure that your Lend A Hand application is processed as quickly as possible, you should complete your Fuel Assistance application first.

5. How much rent/mortgage assistance can I receive?

The Lend A Hand program may pay up to 1 months rent or up to 1 months arrearage. If you need assistance with a new apartment, Lend A Hand may pay first or last months rent.

The Lend A Hand program may pay up to 1 months mortgage principle. The program does not pay interest or penalty fees. Many mortgage companies/banks will not accept separate payments for principle and interest. Please check with your mortgage company/bank BEFORE you submit your Lend A Hand application to see if they will accept an SSCAC check for the principle and a separate payment from you for the interest and any applicable fees.

6. How long does it take for a payment to be made on my behalf?

Payments are often delayed because the applicant has not applied for Fuel Assistance or has not submitted all of the required documentation to complete their Lend A Hand application. Once your Lend A Hand application is fully completed, processing takes at least 3 weeks. If you are seeking rent assistance, the payment process can be delayed if we are unable to reach your landlord or if your landlord is late in returning paperwork to us.