Need a helping hand? Energy bills, housing assistance, etc.?
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Chatham Ecumenical Council
Helping Prevent Cape Homelessness

• Feeling Overwhelmed?

• Need a Helping Hand?

• CECH is here to help YOU!

Are you struggling to make ends meet?  Has your car broken down and you must choose between getting to work or paying your rent or mortgage? Do you need help with your energy bills? 

CECH is ready to help.  We are fortunate to have been able to make a difference for over 1,500 families in the Chatham MA area since the inception of CECH in 1993. 

Here are some recent examples:

A disabled woman living with her elderly parents with dementia was taken to court by her landlord over back rent. $1,000 in CECH assistance enabled her to pay and avoid eviction.

A 78-year-old man was out of work for two months due to back surgery and cataract surgery. $1,600 from CECH made it possible to maintain his housing.    

A grandmother raising her 7-year-old granddaughter living in the home of her recently deceased mother found the house was subject to liens due to Medicaid expenses and a reverse mortgage; $700 in fuel assistance from CECH kept her home heated over the winter.  

A single parent with four children accumulated unexpected debt due to the COVID-19 virus.  CECH paid her rent of $974 so that she was able to catch up on her remaining bills.


A young couple were asked to leave their current home because the owner is selling the property.  One partner is disabled and has been out of work.  CECH paid the $1,400 security deposit for a new rental.  They are now self-sufficient and both are back to work.

A father of two lives in a multigenerational household with his wife, children and elderly mother.  He normally works as an in-home energy efficiency technician and his wife is working 28 hours a week as a nurse.  He was just diagnosed with COVID-19 and his family will have to remain in quarantine for up to 14 days.  His wife will not be able to work and bring in needed income.  CECH paid $1,400 toward their rent while he fights this virus and the whole family was in quarantine.


Are you in a similar situation?  Please click
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CECH President
Erin Minichiello

“CECH is here to help our community by providing hope and financial assistance to individuals and families who are struggling with housing-related issues.  Our mission is to keep our neighbors in their homes and provide them with a path towards a brighter future. We understand that unforeseen circumstances can lead to financial hardships and we are here to remove that burden.  Our volunteers and donors are committed to making a difference for individuals and families in our community.”

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