Pandemic financial relief available to Amherst residents 


Staff Writer 
Monday, August 08, 2022

AMHERST — A local social service organization and the town of Amherst are collaborating on a new program to provide up to $3,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families hurt financially by COVID-19.

With $150,000 from the town’s American Rescue Plan Act funding, Family Outreach of Amherst is working with Amherst officials to help residents with overdue rent, mortgage or utility bills through the Resident Aid Assistance Program.

The new program was created from $11.9 million in federal ARPA funding Amherst received.

Applicants must demonstrate that the financial hardships being faced are the result of the pandemic or its economic impacts.

At least half of the money will be reserved for members of the Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQ or other marginalized communities.

Those interested in applying should go to https://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/62631/Resident-Assistance-Application-FINAL to fill out a form, and then call Family Outreach at 548-1275 to schedule an appointment.