Yes, you do need an email address to complete an application and to access Assistance Connect website. The application portal provides an opportunity for applicants to create an email address.
If you are eligible to be placed on the waiting list, you will need an email address to access the applicant portal. Through the applicant portal you can obtain information about your waitlist status, update your contact information, and more.
It is strongly recommended that you create an email account if you do not have one. This can be done through Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft, and a few other email account servers. An email can be created with no cost to the creator.