Providing help to low income families in Fulton and Montgomery County as well as nearby towns, the Community Action Agency of Fulmont works to help the unemployed, poor, and low income in the region.
While some short term financial aid may be arranged, including from federal government programs, the main goal is to help people gain self-sufficiency. This can be accomplished by the non-profit expanding and improving social services and programs. Resources will help the economically disadvantaged address housing issues, find employment with a decent wage, prevent homelessness and more.
Senior Transportation is arranged by the Fulton County Office for the Aging in partnership with the community action agency. The organization is closely involved in providing free transportation to the elderly and senior citizens. The rides can be used for banking trips, medical appointments, day care, food sites, shopping trips and social events.
Early Childhood Services from Fulmont Community Action Agency operates as a comprehensive preschool program. It is available for children ages 3-5 and their parents. The entire family for that matter can access a wide range of resources.
All residents from the region who are enrolled in the program receive services in the areas of nutrition, health care, education, disability benefits, and family services. While the case managers do believe that the parent is the primary lead and need to pay a key role, help is offered to them. The Early Childhood Services Program will work with children to ensure they receive the meals, medical care, and resources they need.
Financial Aid, Government Grants and Community Services are processed by the agency as well. The material goods include free food, clothing, and holiday programs. Help for paying bills will be offered as part of HEAP assistance, Emergency Rent or Utility bill grants from ESG, and weatherization. Other government benefits will be Head Start and W.I.C. applications.
The Fulmont Community Action Agency Energy Services Department offers low income, the disabled, and elderly with help. Programs include HEAP applications, which can assist with paying heating and gas bills. Weatherization and free energy saving updates are also an option for eligible households in both Fulton and Montgomery counties.
HEAP operates as state of New York and federally funded utility assistance program. It will, among other things, assist income eligible households in paying the cost of high heating bills. Eligible individuals may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their utility accounts. Or grants may be issued to help them pay for electricity bills, firewood, propane, pellets, or heating oil. Priority is given to the disabled, seniors, and families with children under 5.
These energy bill services are open to both renters and homeowners. Applications or Information can be obtained at any of the Fulmont offices, which are located in Gloversville, Northville, Fonda, Amsterdam, or Fort Plain New York.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, is a free preparation program. It is for low income eligible families as well as the elderly. They can both get their taxes filed for free and receive advice on all credits they are entitled too.
WIC, or the Women, Infants and Children is available as a supplemental food program for low income, pregnant and post partum females. Free formula and meals are also offered for Women, Infants & Children up to the age of five. The non-profit agency also provides free nutrition education to families.
Other key partners of the agency include Amsterdam Rotary Club, FMS Workforce Solutions System, Fidelis Care of New York, Northville Rotary Club and the Village of Northville. They may also have social services for the needy. For more details, dial an office near you.
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