In an emergency, one time rent assistance may be provided from non-profits or social services in both Chemung and Steuben County. If a family is not eligible, then they can explore other housing programs, ranging from legal aid to support in moving into a transitional home.
The rent help is generally part of a homeless prevention program. This takes a holistic approach to assist residents of this region. It will often combine government grants for rent to applications to section 8 subsidies as well as case management services. All of these resources are brought to bear by the agencies referenced below.
Also, if someone is currently homeless in Chemung County, then in some cases a motel voucher or shelter is available. This can also lead to funding for a security deposit as well as a portion of first month's rent, with the approval of the social worker that is assigned to the case.
Elmira Heights Urban Renewal Agency
Address is 215 Elmwood Avenue
Elmira, New York 14903
Rent subsidies are provided as part of Section 8. This has a waiting list and is a long term solution. It only pays a portion of rental costs as well for very low income families or seniors.
Chemung County Department of Social Services
Address is 425 Pennsylvania Avenue, Human Resource Building
Elmira, NY 14902
Dial 607-737-5302 for information.
Government grants as part of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance may cover a portion of housing costs. It may pay for mortgages, energy bills, rent, and even employment services.
Salvation Army Financial and Income Based Services
414 Lake Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Extremely limited funding. Money may pay for security deposits, lodging at a motel, rent, and more. The non-profit also offers referrals.
Catholic Charities of Chemung County
380 S Main Street
Elmira, NY 14904
Main phone: 607-734-4898
Assistance is for first month's rent, electric and gas bills, medications, and other expenses.
Arbor Housing and Development
Location is 26 Bridge Street
Corning, NY 14830
Project based rental assistance, including both TBRA as well as section 8, are offered in Lack Street Senior Apartments in Hammondsport, Hawthorne Court in Elmira, Village Square in Painted Post, Knoxville Senior Housing in Corning, and Seneca Manor in Hornell.
Steuben County Department of Social Services
Main address is 3 E Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810
The program is known as Building Independence for Long Term (BILT). It focuses on long term stability. Financial help can assist with utility and rent payments, moving expenses, and even security deposits.
Salvation Army of Corning and Steuben
32 Denison Parkway East
Corning, New York 14830
One time funds, including loans, may be offered.
Hornell Salvation Army
Address is 95 Seneca Street
Hornell, New York 14843
Main number is 607-324-1933
Short term, emergency aid for rent and other bills.
City of Hornell Housing Authority - Section 8 Rental Assistance
87 E Washington Street
Hornell, NY 14843
Vouchers from the HUD program can help families to find, pay for and lease approved privately owned housing. There is additional shelter offered.
Legal Assistance of Western New York - Bath Office
16 West William Street
Bath, New York 14810
The non-profit runs the Homelessness Prevention Program. Assists with eviction, foreclosures, and code violations.
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