WINTER DONATIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Winter has arrived and so has the snow and frigid temperatures. In order to ensure that the food you are donating does not freeze, we are requesting that you drop off items to us between 9 am and 12 noon on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday when a staff member will be there to bring them inside.
If you wish to drop off a large donation (more than three bags) or wish to drop off on another day or time, it is essential that you call us (781-291-3663) to schedule an appointment. We are unable to accommodate large donations without an appointment.
We are grateful for your donations and appreciate your cooperation!
Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)
The Town of Norwood in partnership with the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) is pleased to announce a new grant program, the Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA). The new grant program has been established from Federal funding made available from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The grant program will provide financial assistance to income qualified individuals that have suffered financial hardship from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Grant funds can be used to help pay for rent, mortgage and utility payments. In order to qualify for this funding, a household must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
• Currently rent or own a house as a primary residence in Massachusetts;
• Have income that is between 50-80% of the Area Median Income (AMI); and
• Have a housing emergency due to a financial hardship related to or exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis (as verified through documentation or a written self-certification consistent with this Administrative Plan).
Up to $4,000 is available per household over a 12-month period which can be utilized to assist with rental and mortgage arrears for payments due no earlier than April 1, 2020, and rental and mortgage stipends for payments due after the date of application.
VISIT: www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp to learn more about state financial aid programs for eligible households.
CALL: 2-1-1 to connect with housing resources. Talk to your landlord to create a plan - do this early!