general living expenses — find assistance by type

Cancer is an expensive illness, and it is often a challenge to keep up with the additional costs you may experience after being diagnosed. Check with the organizations below to see if financial assistance is currently available and about the types of assistance that they offer.

You should also discuss financial concerns with your health care team (doctor, nurse, social worker) and billing department/business office of your medical facility to see if any other assistance is available.

national organizations

Any Cancer Diagnosis (7 Organizations)
American Cancer Society
Focuses on cancer research, education and advocacy. ACS also provides patient and family services, which vary by locality, and referrals for financial assistance. Some local offices may provide transportation assistance, temporary lodging through Hope Lodges, wigs, or prescription assistance. Call to find a chapter location in your area.
866-228-4327 TTY
404-315-9348 FAX 
250 Williams Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund
Provides financial assistance for patients ages 18-40 who are going through cancer treatment. Grants are awarded to cover co-payments, rent/mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries. Please contact organization through website email.

800-878-9184 FAX 
24152 Lyons Avenue #157
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
If you have difficulties paying for your utilities, LIHEAP may be able to assist you with bill payments, an energy crisis, and weatherization and energy-related home repairs. To apply, call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project toll-free at the number provided to get the contact information for your local LIHEAP office.
Meals on Wheels Association of America
Delivers free meals to elderly and disabled persons around the country. The Meals on Wheels website contains a national database to find a location near you.
703-548-8024 FAX 
203 S. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Transplant Assistance Fund
Provides fundraising assistance to cancer patients in need of transplants. The Fund also provides limited financial assistance.
610-535-6106 FAX 
150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Provides various services to people in need, including food programs, emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation, rent/mortgage assistance, free pharmacy services, budget counseling, referral services, and more. To get help, contact the nearest Catholic Church in your community and ask if they have a Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference in their parish or know of one in your vicinity. Or, look for "Society of St. Vincent de Paul" in your local White Pages.
314-576-6755 FAX 
58 Progress Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63043
The Actors Fund
Helps all professionals in entertainment and the performing arts. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need or going through a crisis or transition. It offers several services, including help attaining housing and health insurance, financial assistance for women in a medical crisis or those disabled by illness, intensive case management, referrals, support groups, and funeral/burial assistance. The Fund is administered in offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
800-221-7303 729 Seventh Ave., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Breast Cancer (1 Organizations)
The Breast Cancer Charities of America
BCCA provides a "Help Now Fund" providing counseling and emergency financial services to assist women and their families. They help with the unexpected expenses of cancer such as transportation treatments, past-due utility bills, and rent eviction notices. They accept applications on a quarterly basis.
Colorectal Cancer (2 Organizations)
Colon Cancer Alliance
Through the Blue Note Fund, patients can apply for a one-time $300 grant to help with rent, utilities, or food costs. Grants are disbursed quarterly.
(877) 422-2030
Meredith's Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation
To provide financial support to young adults (under the age of 40) undergoing treatment for colon cancer. We specifically wish to provide relief from living expenses during treatment rather than expenses associated with treatment.
847-227-7547 6613 Whittier Lane
Colleyville, TX 76034
Pediatric Cancer (1 Organizations)
Chai Lifeline
Offers several programs for families in the Jewish community who are affected by childhood cancer. Services include case management, counseling, camps, and some financial assistance grants for non-medical expenses.
212-465-0949 FAX 
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001


regional organizations

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