Several low income assistance programs and other social services can be provided by Catholic Charities of Seneca and Cayuga County New York. The agency can provide emergency financial assistance, case management, and other support to the working poor and lower income families in the region. The agency provides several different human and social service resources, advocacy, and other aid to those who are struggling, including the unemployed, poor, the disabled, senior citizens and others.
The emergency assistance program can include financial support, referrals, information, and guidance in completing applications for public and government aid. Examples are below.
Case managers collaborate with and work closely with other churches, human services agencies, service groups, charities, and government agencies in the region. For example, a few food pantries in Cayuga County will offer meals and canned goods to the needy. Holiday meals and gifts are available during the winter as well. Help is provided to individuals so they can learn to use other community resources.
Limited financial assistance may be paid out, when funds are available. It is offered as a last resort for crisis needs such as rental assistance or money for heating bills. As those funds will help keep people housed and safe. Donations are always welcomed for this or other programs. All contributions will be tax deductible for the person who donates.
The local Catholic Charity centers also process applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. They are what is known as a subcontractor.
It is a seasonal heating/utility bill assistance program that starts in the Fall and ends in the Spring. Qualifications are based on household income. Those Cayuga County households that are not currently receiving food stamps or public assistance are seen at CCFL. You need to make an appointment for intake.
If you are found to be qualified for this government funded program, then grants will be issued. Money will be paid out for Gas & Electric Bills, Propane Costs, Heating oil, and other expenses such as Kerosene. If you live in other parts of the region then you will need to contact your local County DSS in order to apply for HEAP. For more information contact the Auburn New York office at 315-253-2222.
The charity also oversees the TANF Case Management Program. Referrals are needed from Seneca and Cayuga County Health and Human Services. All planning provided by a case manager is tailored to the enrollees’ particular circumstance. Services are offered on a one-on-one, supportive environment and they are designed to assist families in reaching and/or maintaining healthy self-reliance. Case Management offered by Catholic Charities as part of TANF includes goal planning, budgeting, job readiness assistance, information and strategies to achieve success and advice on improve living skills. TANF may also offer limited financial assistance for basic needs.
The SSI Case Management Program also requires a referral from the county or a government agency. Social workers assist clients with initial SSI Applications. The agency provides advocacy and support. As part of this process also get referrals to and work with free legal assistance programs and other third-party representatives. Catholic Charities will also provide information and referrals to meet other individual and family needs.
The main Catholic Charity office is at 134 E. Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 13021. Call (315) 253-2222 for intake and hours.
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