Families and individuals who live in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis County, so called northern New York country residents, have a new way for how to get help from social services offices and nonprofit organizations. These groups are working together to combat what they call an increasingly apparent problem, and that is being an increasing number of people facing eviction and homelessness.
A new program known as Helping Eradicate All Roads to Homelessness, or the HEARTH program, will provide assistance. St. Lawrence County Social Services was provided hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal government stimulus plan to be used to prevent evictions, homelessness, and even help people who may currently be homeless.
The HEARTH will provide many forms of assistance, including help with rent, heating and money for energy bill assistance, funds for security deposits, emergency free hotel and motel vouchers, money for moving costs, landlord-tenant dispute resolution, free legal help and also assistance to find affordable housing for households who are at or below 50 percent of median income in St. Lawrence. Find additional low income programs.
Struggling families are becoming an increasingly large problem in St. Lawrence County, and there are more families and individuals looking for temporary housing solutions and rent help than before.
The HEARTH program is intended to provide financial assistance in order to help people avoid homelessness. As people apply for aid, they will be assessed and it will be determined if over the long term they can afford to stay where they are and pay rent over the years. If the applicant can get back on their feet over the long term, and they just need short-term assistance, we'll help them with their rent. If there is no good plan for sustainability and for them to be successful over the long term, they will explore other options.
Contact St. Lawrence County Social Services ((315) 287-0285) for more information.
St. Lawrence County Community Development Inc. - This non-profit can assist families and individuals through a wide variety of assistance programs, resources, and counseling. Some of the programs this non-profit runs includes the Section 8 Housing Voucher program. More.
The agency also runs Head Start, which can provide food, health care, and education for children. Other services offered include the government weatherization program. Call the Development agency, which is located in Canton New York, at 315-386-1102.
Salvation Army has two different locations in St. Lawrence County New York. One is in Massena, and the other is in Ogdensburg. Between the two locations, they can provide people with free food, clothing, rent assistance, funds for paying heating and utility bills, clothing, holiday gifts and meals, and even job training. You can dial the Massena branch at 315-769-5154. The Ogdensburg location can be called at 315-393-3351. Learn more.
St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc. - This is the local community action agency. Get help from the following programs.
St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc. also runs the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. It helps be offering personalized case management services and assistance to families. Receive help in applying for New York state, county and community programs for supportive services .Learn more on assistance from Community Development Program.
The Weatherization Program is another option to help people make their home more energy efficient. It can pay for window and door replacement, furnace clean and tune up and also insulation.
The community development Transportation Department can help physically and mentally disadvantaged persons get to day treatment centers, work, and job training.
Call the Canton NY Community Development agency at (315) 386-1102.
St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging provides programs for people age 60 and older, including the homebound and elderly. They offer Senior Community Service Employment Program; In-Home Services For the Elderly; Family Caregiver Support;; Medical Transportation; Free Legal Services; Health Insurance Information Counseling and other Assistance Programs. 8 Court Street, Canton, New York 13617 – 1169.
Department of Social Services offer temporary assistance, including some financial, to eligible families and working poor. Examples include employment programs and other supportive services such as day care for your child so that clients can find and maintain a job. The government will also administer programs for medical bills, health care, and nutritional needs, including Medicaid. Or apply for heating assistance from LIHEAP. (315) 379-2111
St. Lawrence Catholic Charities offers the working poor, seniors, and low income a number of services. Most of the support is non-financial, which includes counseling and referrals. However the agency and their churches may offer some money as a last resort, such as funds for rent or utility bills or medications. The organization also runs a number of programs for new mothers and those who are currently pregnant. They have several centers in central and northern New York. Read more.
Non-profit and government programs for paying rent or security deposits may be available for families facing homelessness. There are charities and government centers in both Canton and Ogdensburg that, when funding allows, can offer one time assistance for rental expenses. Or families can get help in locating a new, low income home. Find rental assistance in St. Lawrence County.
St. Lawrence County Food Pantries will offer free groceries, food boxes, and more to the community.
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