Almost $1 million dollars will be provided to the Rockland County area. The funds are being provided from the federal government stimulus program, and the money is to be used to provide rent assistance, prevent evictions, and to also help people keep their utility service one and prevent a shut down. However, like most programs, there are some limited restrictions on how the money can be used, and of course the program is available only to low and moderate income people who fall within certain household income guidelines.
The maximum grant that can be provided to people in need is $3,000. The funds can be used for several reasons, including to prevent a court-ordered eviction by paying back rent on their housing, to prevent utilities shut-off, and to also assist an individual or family who is on the verge of homelessness by paying their rent for up to three months.
The Rockland County Department of Social Services is handling the assessment process, and managing the program, and they can provide further information. Phone (845) 364-2020.
Dozens of families are expected to be helped per year from the federal government Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, as it is formally known as. The money being provided to Rockland County is coming from the $800 billion Obama administration economic recovery package that Congress passed in February. From that stimulus program, about $1.5 billion was directed to pay for homeless prevention and rehousing programs nationwide, and this will benefit many low income families.
The money that is provided will be paid directly to the landlord or the utility company, never the homeowner.
One of the leading non-profits is Catholic Community Services of Rockland, Inc. The non-profit provides additional social services and help to those in need in Rockland County New York. Some of the services and resources provided include Emergency Meals, Financial Assistance for paying bills and debts, Job Readiness & Placement, rent help and eviction prevention. (845) 942-5791. Learn more.
People to People’s Family Fund may be able to assistance and to Rockland County New York residents on a case by case basis. The non-profit can offer clothing for work or free food from a pantry. Other services from the organization include back to school supplies and a computer exchange service. Call 845-623-4900
Utility-Based Services, which can be called at 877-426-8969, offers water utility hook-up, billing information or access to assistance programs. Call 877-426-8969. Also, read about utility disconnection laws and what rights customers have.
Community Action Partnership of Rockland County offers low to moderate income families extensive support. Assistance programs include the following. There is emergency financial aid for paying housing expenses and rent, with a focus on eviction prevention. The agency may issue loans for some of these expenses, and also direct very low income families to section 8.
The non-profit will also offer emergency food assistance and clothing, or grants for utility bills from the Neighbor Fund which can help with energy or heating bills. Rockland County families can also look into holiday assistance, meals, and information and access to federal government programs such as LIHEAP and weatherization. The local community action agency is always on of the first places to call when in need of help or some form of guidance. The phone number is (845) 352-4167, or read Community Action of Rockland County programs.
Rockland County DSS also runs the state of New York and federal government cash assistance program. While a number of them are available, some of the primary resources include employment and temporary assistance. Other programs include Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance, Eviction Prevention, TANF, and grants for moving costs.
Two other public aid programs under high demand include child care vouchers as well as information on Medicaid or the Affordable Health Care Act. There is a formal application process and a social worker will need to evaluate and process your application. 50 Sanatorium Road, Building L, Pomona , New York 10970. Dial (845) 364-2000, or find public assistance in Rockland County.
Community Outreach Center is a non-profit that accepts and processes applications for the Rockland County Neighbor Fund. This is a program that provides emergency financial assistance to low income and working poor families. 50 Melnick Drive, Monsey, NY 10952. Call 845-356-9600 for intake.
Salvation Army of Rockland County offers a number of social services, emergency assistance, and case management. Among them include the Neighbor Fund, food pantry, a clothing closet, and maybe even funds for emergency rent help. Or work with a case manager on employment assistance and applying for public assistance. Special holiday programs are offered too, such as meals and gifts for children (Angel Tree). Call 845-352-9577, or continue reading.
Lend a Hand is a program that will only offer financial support, such as grants, as a last resort. The applicant needs to have exhausted all other charity and government resources first. Assistance is also only for those in a life threatening condition or some other extreme crisis.
Money may be issued for prescriptions, rent, utilities to keep medical equipment running, or a security deposit for someone that is ill. Those are just a few examples. The program is run in partnership with non-profits in Rockland County. (845) 358-8929
Rockland County Office For the Aging processes applications for HEAP. The main components are below.
Emergency HEAP is offered when someone does not have resources to resolve the crisis situation. This can include running out of oil or a disconnection.
Regular HEAP is for ongoing assistance with utilities. This assists with financial assistance and cash grants for the payment of the primary fuel source. Seniors and families with young children have priority.
Furnace Repair/Replacement may be able to help low income homeowners repair or replace boilers, furnaces and other direct heating components. All of this needs to be for keeping the home’s primary heating source functional during the winter. 50 Sanatorium Road, Yeager Health Center, Building B, Pomona, New York10970. Call 845-364-2110
Rockland County Department Of Health can help people find affordable yet high quality medical and dental care. The county organization offers public health programs and regulatory services at community clinics throughout the region. 845-364-2512.
Call People to People, which is Rockland County’s largest food pantry. The organization provides food and other services to families and seniors in need of help throughout the area. They can also refer people to other local food distribution centers and locations. 845.623.4900
Fairmount Baptist Church - 845-429-5835. Haverstraw NY
Sloatsburg United Methodist Church - This non-profit provides the working poor and low income a food pantry twice a month for those in the community in need of free food. Also provides a holiday food basket for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and holiday assistance. Phone 845-753-2059
There are several other food assistance programs and pantries in the region, such as the Pilgrim Baptist Church and Ecumenical Ministries. Find more Rockland food pantries.
Catholic Community Services of Rockland (phone 845-942-5791) offers local residents debt and credit counseling. They can also refer people to foreclosure prevention programs. Learn more on New York mortgage assistance programs.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley provides free or low cost legal support and advice. Some of the programs administered include Landlord/Tenant Dispute Resolution, which may be able to aid individuals or families that are struggling with their landlord for reasons ranging from eviction, rent delinquency, living conditions, recurring problems, etc. Another service is Eviction Assistance. This component may be able to provide help to seniors, low income individuals, the elderly, individuals with mental illness, or individuals diagnosed with AIDS who may be a target for eviction. Last, but net least, free legal Foreclosure Assistance may be able to help advocate for individuals with mortgage foreclosure with guidance through the legal process and representation, if needed. Find more New York free legal advice, or call 845-499-2330.
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