Individuals and families that live in Herkimer and Oneida counties who are facing an eviction because of the poor economy or some other financial emergency now may be able to receive help from a partnership of six charities and agencies that are partnering with the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided over $1 million in federal government stimulus funds to the agency to fund the new Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. It is anticipated that almost 2,000 families will be assisted.
The rent and housing assistance program is open to households who live in the two counties. The money will be granted to people who have been recently laid off or who have had their income cut. The grants and funds can be used to help pay for security deposits, moving and storage expenses, utility bills, legal assistance with eviction actions, credit repair, eviction prevention services, and even heating bills.
There are some conditions to receiving aid, and eligible households need to have income at or below 50 percent of the area median income. This would mean that typical incomes would be under $20,000 for an individual or $27,900 for a family of four. Priority for assistance will be given to those households that may be facing eviction within two weeks or living in condemned housing. Call 315.624.0821
There are several different places people can turn to to learn more or apply for aid. Participating charities and agencies, the services they will provide and contact phone numbers are:
Contact these agencies for help with bills, rent, housing, and other expenses.
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. - This is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal representation, advice and counseling in civil cases and matters that involve support for the low income and working families. Programs offered include preservation of the home, foreclosure advice, eviction prevention, maintaining economic stability and providing for the safety, stability and health of low-income people, including elderly, senior citizens and/or disabled persons who live alone and are in need of free legal services. 315-793-7000. Click here for additional NY legal aid.
This is the local Oneida County and Utica New York community action agency. The services they offer to low income and other qualified individuals includes the list below. The agency can coordinate grants for paying bills in a crisis, while case managers address longer term issues. Phone 315.624.0821
The following non-profits and charities may be able to help Oneida County and Utica area families.
Catholic Charities of Oneida County (phone (315) 724-2158) may be able to provide limited financial assistance, access to a food pantry and clothing closet. A real focus is on ensuring seniors and children receive the nutrition they need.
Rome and Utica Salvation Army 315-336-4260 - This agency offers the following assistance for bills and expenses. Examples of services provided are as follows. Emergency Assistance includes resources such as shelter, emergency financial aid for paying utility and heating bills, rent and housing expenses. Seasonal programs in Oneida County include food and nutrition programs, summer meals for children, free Christmas assistance, and worship services. Click more information.
Johnson Park Center focuses on the city of Utica. Most of the aid is focused on food, housing, and self-sufficiency, but other support may be provided too. When it comes to housing, there may be loans for paying rent or funds for a security deposit as part of rehousing. They also run a Family Shelter and Bridge House transitional housing program for the homeless or single parents.
Other support includes a free food pantry and soup kitchen, and the youth in Utica can gain education and assistance from a drop in center. Many other resources are available in Oneida County, and read Johnson Park Center services.
Short term housing and emergency rent help - Find additional sources of funds that can be used for families facing homelessness. Non-profits may offer money for rent or can place a client into shelter. Read more on rent assistance in Oneida County.
Social services and Temporary Assistance - Oneida County provides low income families with access to a number of government and public aid programs. Resources can provide short term cash for paying bills, and include programs such as HEAP and food stamps. Other government assistance programs include health care and medical bill assistance, job training, and day care. Basically the county will do what it can to help the less fortunate, including seniors, children, and others who are at risk. Get more information on emergency assistance in Oneida County.
Country Pantry of Rome NY offers emergency and Supplemental Food for Low Income Families in the Oneida County area. Call 336-2433
The Salvation Army Food Pantry is located in Utica. This pantry provides meals, groceries, vouchers, and holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) assistance.
Many other pantries operate in the region. Residents can get help regardless of their age, income, or race. Or staff offer referrals to resources such as SNAP food stamps or local soup kitchens that partner with Feeding America. Read more food pantries in Oneida.
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