Eastside is sometimes the last hope for people in need who don’t meet guidelines to receive help from other sources. Limited financial aid is available to help with utility bills, rent, etc. A number of local churches, organizations and individuals entrust ECM with funds for emergency relief. ECM staff screens each client to verify his/her need as legitimate in an effort to use these funds wisely and to help as many people as possible. Clients for this type of assistance can apply one time a year.