Times are exceptionally hard for some Wakefield residents. If you are in such a situation, consider applying for Wakefield’s emergency fund. The goal of the fund is to offer one-time aid that helps an individual or family get back on its feet. By paying a portion of rent or clearing an overdue utility bill, families avoid getting into a debt spiral that can result in utility shutoffs, eviction, and homelessness.
Applicants must be residents of Wakefield, but beyond that, the fund administrator has discretion to determine the applicant's need and the level of assistance. This allows the Town to provide financial help to residents in situations that may fall outside the normal parameters for receiving government aid and, in many cases, to deliver the aid more speedily than other agencies. The fund will not give money directly to recipients but instead will make payments on their behalf for rent, utilities, or other needs. Learn more and apply.