Helping Hands Fund

People with cancer often face financial difficulties. Suddenly, household bills become overwhelming; utilities are in jeopardy of being shut-off or an eviction notice is received. The Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to the utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each patient has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering from cancer.

Program Guidelines
The Helping Hands Fund is a monthly program that works directly with your social worker.  They will work with you and your family to complete the application and to include the additional documentation needed.

*All Applications are due on the 15th of each month.

If you are interested in applying for funding through the Helping Hands Fund, here are a few guidelines to consider. A full set of instructions will accompany the actual application.

The Helping Hands Fund is a monthly distribution program.
Deadline for applications is the 15th day of each month.
All patients must be currently receiving active cancer treatment to qualify for consideration.
A maximum of $1,000 may be approved per family, per year.
Only utility and rental fee bills will be considered. A utility request is defined as a heating, electrical or water bill.
Cell phones bills are NOT eligible for funding unless it is the ONLY phone being used in the home. Cable payments, mortgage payments, car payments, insurance or tax bills, medical payments and transportation costs are not eligible for funding.
Copies of all bills or rental agreements being requested must be submitted with application.
A brief narrative describing the patient’s situation and the family’s need must be included and written by the social worker or hospital personnel.
If the application is approved, cheque(s) will be made payable to each utility company and mailed directly to the family on or before the last day of each month.

2016 Helping Hands Fund Application

French Application

Questions? Contact us at program.services@cancerrecovery.ca