The Benefits Counseling Program trains volunteers to help homeowners and renters age 60 and older or persons with disabilities find resources to help them stay in their homes for as long as they choose. Benefits Counselors also help people apply for benefits that help them save money, like Fuel Assistance or SNAP (food stamps).
Volunteer benefits counselors:
- Identify options for home repair or energy efficiency upgrades
- Provide basic information on how to apply for home improvement or home modification loans and grants
- Help with the application process and forms
- Make referrals to agencies and organizations that may help
- Educate people on resources
Benefits Counselors are volunteers from Franklin County and North Quabbin towns who work in their own community and create their own schedule. For information on how to become a Benefits Counselor, please contact us. Basic computer skills, including access to and familiarity with the internet can be helpful, but a desire to help is all that is required. Training is easy and ongoing.
Download the brochure (PDF)
The Benefits Counseling's Home Repair Guide is available for download. Click here.
Energy Savings for Seniors
The Benefits Counseling Program annually hosts two free events to help folks age 60+ and their family and/or caregivers about home energy benefits they qualify for that will help them save money, gain access to free or low-cost weatherization programs, and obtain rebates for energy efficient appliances. To learn more or register for this year's events, click here.
Funding for this project was provided by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging through a Service Incentive Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.