What Is Emergency Assistance?


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Emergency assistance is a state program that helps families with children who are facing a housing or utility crisis that lack resources to resolve the crisis. Although limited to 12 months, extensions for emergency assistance are granted under certain hardship conditions with specific limitations.

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What Is Emergency Assistance?
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Full Answer

To be eligible for emergency assistance, applicants must be experiencing or be threatened by one or more of the following: homelessness, termination of a utility, or lack of heat, hot water or cooking fuel.

Applications for emergency assistance are conducted at the local state offices, such as the Department of Transitional Assistance in Massachusetts, during business hours. However, states have online application forms available to complete and then mail to a local department of social services.

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