Food Distribution & Emergency Services

In partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, LEO provides a monthly supplemental food distribution for income eligible senior citizens. Applications must be submitted and approved prior to the distribution date. Qualified recipients receive a combination of dry goods as well as fresh produce.

Rental Arrearage Assistance/Mortgage Arrearage Assistance

LEO has a limited amount of funding available to help individuals and families remain in their homes during challenging times.

  • The household must have a current 14-day notice or be one month in arrears on the mortgage.
  • The household must demonstrate a sufficient income to continue paying the rent or mortgage after assistance has been received.
  • The landlord must agree not to evict or the bank must agree not to foreclose.
  • Landlord (rental) or household (mortgage) must prove ownership of the property through a tax bill or similar document and complete an I-9.
  • If the household receives a housing subsidy, LEO Inc. will pay only the tenant portion of the current month’s rent.
  • The maximum benefit is $1,500 or one month’s current rent or mortgage payment, whichever is less.

 Rental Assistance for First Month’s Rent:

LEO has a limited amount of funding available to assist individuals and families transitioning from homelessness.

  • The household must be homeless.
  • The household must have a valid rental agreement.
  • The household must demonstrate a sufficient income to continue paying rent.
  • The landlord must agree to provide 30 days service.
  • The landlord must prove ownership of the property through a tax bill or similar document and complete an I-9.
  • If the household receives a housing subsidy, LEO Inc. will pay only the tenant portion of the first month’s rent.
  • Maximum benefit is $1,500 or one month’s current rent whichever is less.

Guidelines:

  • The household must apply for fuel assistance.
  • The household may not have received EFSNP, United Way, Homebase, Raft, Boston Foundation or other available funding in the past two years.

Serving: Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott

carts of food distributed to families and senior citizens

2,597

individuals avoided eviction

83

households avoided utility service termination or had service restored

1,260