Suffolk County New York assistance programs.
Find places that offer financial help with paying rent or mortgages, utility bills, transportation costs, and other bills in Suffolk County. Low income families, immigrants, senior citizens, and others can get everything from free food to medical or dental care, placement into job training programs, and additional support from churches, charities, and government agencies.
Emergency housing assistance
The towns of Riverhead, Southhampton, and Southold are supported by the Peconic Community Council, which is a local nonprofit that provides shelters in churches for homeless people during the winter months of November to March. Click here to find additional rent assistance programs. 540 East Main Street, Riverhead, New York 11901, dial (631) 727-6820.
Help for rent, security deposits, and utility bills
Suffolk County has received $1.5 million in federal government stimulus funds, while Islip and Babylon have qualified for $840,000 and $520,000, respectively. The money is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, better known as the stimulus program. The local towns, cities, and counties are partnering with the Family Service League and Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. (phone 631-289-2124) to assist individuals and families with rent arrears, security deposits, unpaid utility and heating bills, and even rental assistance, as well as other needs such as moving costs and credit repair. The grants will help keep people housed, prevent evictions, and also provide financial support to individuals and families that are in the process of getting back on their feet.
The assistance program is geared toward families that are behind on their rent or energy bills, and that may be on the verge of homelessness but who at the same time have a strong opportunity of becoming self-sufficient over the long term after receiving the funds. The goal is to help reestablish families and individuals that are experiencing temporary financial problems due to loss of illness or employment.
Note that rental assistance and other services are limited to a period of a maximum of 18 months.
The various local municipalities are working with the Family Service League and Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. to assist people who are behind with their rent and utility bills, and money can even be provided to help with security deposits and providing longer term rental assistance.
The funds will assist with keeping people housed and provide financial support to individuals and families who are in the process of getting back on their feet.
Another group to contact is Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Dial (631)661-9262. The church covers Suffolk County and Islip, and it provides emergency free food and payment of rent, monthly mortgage, heating and utility bills when in arrears.
The West Islip Church of Christ runs a food pantry for those in need. They will see applicants strictly by appointment. In addition to the food, they also offer a very limited amount of financial assistance and funds to families in transition or in a crisis situation. Priority is given to requests from social service agencies on behalf of a client in need of utility payment or rent assistance. Funds offered to applicants are very limited and assistance is offered each month only until funds are depleted. (631)587-1156
Catholic Charities (Phone number (516)733-7045) may be able to provide help from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. This federal government funded program can provide financial assistance for emergency situations for rent or mortgage expenses. Westhampton Beach and Centereach New York. All of Suffolk County is eligible.
Blue Point Community Center Corps - Each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and the non-profit may provide direct emergency assistance to low income families and individuals who are in a crisis. Apply for utility/rent/mortgage, emergency food, clothing, prescription medication, and furniture. Holiday food/gift programs are offered to. The Programs that provide a limited amount of food for individuals or families during times of personal crisis, or for people who have no food or cannot afford to purchase food at retail costs.
The housing programs can make emergency rental payments for Suffolk County residents who are at risk of eviction, and who have no other options available. Most of the programs will have income, age, or other eligibility requirements. Other financial assistance can be paid out to people who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. Any monetary assistance may be in the form of low interest loans, cash, checks or vouchers for basic needs. The holiday programs offer special assistance during Christmas, and can help people make the celebration of the season more enjoyable. Other resources include food pantries, furniture, and clothing. 211 Blue Point Ave., Blue Point, NY 11715. Telephone number is (631)363-6100
Other programs offered by Catholic Charity centers are as follows. Senior citizen assistance includes Meals on Wheels and congregate meals. Groceries are offered from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Free dental assistance and care may be offered to Suffolk County families as well. Read more on additional programs.
Society of St. Vincent Depaul has several locations around the area. Numerous assistance programs, counseling, and information is offered. Examples include limited rent and utility bill help, thrift stores, free food, information on government assistance programs such as section 8 housing, prescription medications, and much more. (516)822-3132 or get more information on Long Island St. Vincent assistance programs.
Long Island Council of Churches - Provides information on charities and government programs, and referral and an Emergency Services Program includes 3 day supply of free groceries and food 12 times per year, rent/mortgage/utility payment when bill is in arrears or facing an eviction and also prescription assistance. Riverhead New York. (631)727-221
West Islip Church of Christ - The non-profit center can provides a food pantry and very limited funds for other expenses. Referrals from social service agencies are recommenced. Get help with utility bills or rent. Money is very limited. (631)587-1156
Parish Outreach Center - Suffolk County residents facing an emergency can get free food. In addition, limited assistance with providing prescriptions, transportation, basic needs, money for paying rent and/or mortgage payments may be offered. Case managers from the center will also offer advocacy when there is a threat of eviction, foreclosure and utility shutoff. For example, get referred to assistance programs from lenders like Bank of America (learn more). Dial the center at (631)281-5634, or click here.
Riverhead Salvation Army - This non-profit provides both rent and utility bill help. Also get referrals to such assistance programs as offered by utility companies. Learn more on NY utility bill assistance programs. Or call the Salvation Army at 631-727-3338.
Other resources offered by the agency are all around helping to avert a crisis, and the aid focuses on people who are most at risk. So for example, if you are faced with homelessness, then funds may be offered for rent and housing expenses. Seniors may receive transportation, meals, and housing. Residents with life threatening diseases may receive vouchers for medications. All resources are limited. Read more on the Salvation Army.
Suffolk County Department Of Social Services – The government agency provides emergency grants and financial assistance for families and individuals. The agency can help Suffolk County individuals meet the emergency needs of rent assistance, shelter, food, heating bills and utilities. Energy needs and help for utilities are currently handled at local HEAP fuel sites including community action agencies.
The County DSS processes applications for several other resources as well. A major focus is on addressing housing needs in Suffolk County. So the agency may offer financial assistance for paying rent or a security deposit. Medical care is available from the federal Medicaid program and other sources. Or look into SNAP food stamps and other aid. A few locations are in the county, including Hauppauge, New York 11788-8900. Dial (631)854-9935, or continue reading Suffolk County Social Services.
Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance, Inc. - Offers a variety of housing and rent assistance programs. Crisis funds may be available to assist with the payment of bills and expenses such as rent, utilities and mortgages. Housing assistance programs provide information on reverse mortgages, tenants and landlord rights, information on loans and grants to use for first time home buying, government foreclosure prevention, and mortgage counseling. Bellport, New York 11713, (631)286-9236
Options For Community Living, Inc. – Financial assistance for bills and rent, as well as food, is offered for HIV and AIDs patients. 202 East Main Street; Suite 7, Smithtown, New York 11787, call (631)361-9020
Grants for heating bills - Low income families, the working poor, unemployed, and seniors can look into emergency aid during the winter. Programs and agencies operate across Long Island and Suffolk County can disburse cash, weatherization, referrals and more. Continue with heating bill assistance in Long Island.
Adelante Of Suffolk County, Inc. – A number of services are administered to prevent homelessness in Suffolk County. The non-profit provides intervention on behalf of renters to stop evictions, foreclosure, and prevent homelessness. Even people who are currently homeless may qualify for assistance. Programs offered can assist qualified individuals in finding affordable low income housing and resolve disputes with landlords and tenants. Services can also assist tenants in money management, debt reduction and household budgeting. Referrals are made to other non-profit agencies and government programs such as section 8, HEAP, Social Services, and Public Housing. 83 Carlton Avenue, Central Islip, New York 11722, phone (631)234-1049.
The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. provides the low income and less fortunate with other assistance and programs as well.
- Family Development can help families gain self-sufficiency. Case managers work with clients to help them improve job skills, secure higher paying, more fulfilling employment, improve budgeting skills, acquire techniques in job retention and self-promotion, and become self-sufficient.
- The community action agency housing program is Fannie Mae and FHA approved. Components include First Home Club that provides down payment assistance, free Housing Counseling that include budget and credit education, and also foreclosure prevention services.
- The Child Care Center provides early childhood education and also the highest standards of child care to clients. This can be free nutritious meals, snacks and state-of-the-art learning and play facilities.
- Medicaid Service Coordination is a person-centered program offered by Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. that offers case management services for people with developmental disabilities. On the other hand, Non-Medicaid Service Coordination will help Suffolk County residents with developmental disabilities apply for government entitlements and benefits.
- Respite Services can enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.
- A program known as Community Habilitation Service provides individuals with support and services that focus on developing life skills and community integration. Another similar resource is Individual Support Services, which will help the disabled in Suffolk County work towards more independent living in the community.
- Group Day Habilitation Services offers educational opportunities, job training, hobbies and social/recreational activities.
- Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) can help families and veterans get the support they need. This can include housing, government assistance, food, and financial support. Most of the aid is for very low-income veterans and their families.
- Other resources available in the county from Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk include Legal Services through Touro College Jacob D. Fuchberg Law Center Veterans’ and Service members’ Rights Clinic (VSRC), Employment Training Assistance through the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center, and Vocational & Rehabilitation Services through the New York State Department.
- Additional temporary financial assistance may include Security or Utility Deposit Assistance, Transportation, Rental assistance, Utility-fee payment assistance, and also Moving Cost Assistance.
Economic Opportunity Council is based at 31 West Main, 3rd Floor, Patchogue, NY 11772-3121. Call (631) 289-2124. Or learn about other services administered. Read more Economic Opportunity Council resources.
Free clothing, holiday gifts and household supplies - Contact a non-profit clothing closet or charity organization for free items, including winter coats, clothes, shoes, hygiene items, and more. Some professional work and school items may be passed out as well for job seekers or students. Click here.
Family Service League of Long Island - Suffolk County is referenced above, but the non-profit operates numerous other programs as well. They also partner with local churches, charities, and non-profits such as Interfaith Housing Initiative and the Social Service Department. Some of the services may include:
- Information on rent assistance and homeless prevention.
- Transitional housing and shelters in Suffolk County.
- Employment assistance, job search programs, and education support.
- A thrift store for clothes, winter coats, basic needs, and holiday items is run by Family Services.
- Get more information of their resources. Read Suffolk County Family Service League.
East Hampton Town Office Of Housing And Community Development – The agency provides rental payment assistance payments to qualified seniors, low-income families, homeless seeking a new apartment, and disabled individuals. 267 Bluff Road, Amagansett, New York 11930, call (631)267-7896
Crisis Assistance and Emergency Aid - Several emergency financial assistance programs and social services are offered in the county. The public aid can provide cash assistance for paying bills in a crisis, as well as longer term case management and self-sufficiency. More Suffolk County emergency assistance.
St. Jude Roman Catholic Church – They only cover Mastic Beach and parts of Mastic and Shirley. Runs a Community Emergency Food Pantry that can provide free groceries and food. Can also offer assistance with clothing and basis needs too. They do not have financial aid , but there may be referrals to prescriptions, rent, transportation expenses, and mortgages (when FEMA funds are available). Other referrals may cover grants when utilities are in arrears or overdue, and advocacy when there is a threat of home foreclosure, eviction, or utility shut-off. 89 Overlook Drive, Mastic Beach, New York 11951, call your local parish.
Assistance for the holidays is provided by churches, charities, and other groups. While resources are limited by what has been donated and the generosity of volunteers, thousands of families are still usually able to receive gifts, toys at Christmas, and free meals. Learn more.
Suffolk County housing programs include shelter, transitional units, and assistance in finding a new, permanent home or apartment. Whether you are facing imminent eviction or are currently homeless, several organizations and government resources can assist. In addition to getting a place to stay, access self-sufficiency programs (such as employment assistance), free meals and apply for financial aid. Continue with Long Island transitional housing.
Non-profit food pantries - A number of churches, charities, and organizations can provide food ,clothing, shelter, and household products. Anyone can receive support or referrals, and no one is turned away. Find information on Suffolk County New York food pantries.
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church/Bay Shore – Some of the assistance programs run include a free food pantry, telephone and water payments when appropriate, a full lunchtime meal, new or gently used clothing, furniture, referrals, advocacy and direct services consisting of rent assistance, prescriptions, LIPA, gasoline vouchers, bus fare, etc. 9 North Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, New York 11706, dial (631)665-4911.
Emergency eviction assistance is available. The programs in the community, which are run by the government and/or social service agencies, issue cash grants, case management, or coordinate free legal support. If homeless in Suffolk County may be caused by unpaid water or heating bills, that expense (along with rent) can also be paid. More eviction help Suffolk County New York.
Long Island Urban League provides help to homeowners, tenants, and job seekers. Centers offer information on how to increase educational ability or gain new skills, including access to the Vocational Exploration service. The agency also provides advice to both tenants and homeowners that are behind on their rent or mortgage payments, including help for stopping evictions and homelessness. Learn more.
Suffolk County New York Project Warmth is a program that can help with heating bills. The United Way of Long Island and local non-profit organizations may have emergency funds that qualified low income families can use to pay their heating bills. Funding is limited and the assistance paid out will depend on donations from the community. More on Project Warmth Long Island heating assistance.
Faith based groups - There are many churches listed above, but in addition to those, additional support may be given to the poor or vulnerable. There is help for immigrants, the elderly, and others. Many social services are available, and find assistance from Suffolk County churches.
Suffolk County assistance programs offered to all people in New York State
The following programs are offered to all Suffolk County residents, including people in the towns of Southampton, Huntington, Brookhaven, Smithtown, and the entire region.
Federal funded program for rent and mortgage payment assistance
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federal government emergency assistance program that provides limited financial aid for rent or mortgage emergencies. The one-time emergency grants made during the annual funding period usually begin in March until funds are exhausted for calendar year. Contact the United Way, Catholic Charities ((516)733-7000), or St. Vincent De Paul (Phone (516)822-3132), Huntington based Family Service League Inc. ((631)427-3700) for more information.
Emergency financial assistance for a security deposit or paying back rent payment is available from other sources as well. Several other churches, agencies, and non-profits offer emergency housing aid. More Suffolk County rent programs and read about a number of other rental programs in Suffolk County.
Debt assistance and reduction
Bay Shore Debt Counseling - Get help and advice for reducing debts. The agency provides free or low cost services including money management, counseling, debt management plans, and access to a debt help line for families with financial problems resulting from crises or accumulated debt. (631)427-3700
Huntington Debt Counseling offers many of the same services as the agency above. Call (631)427-3700.
Suffolk County NY foreclosure and mortgage counseling
The following agencies have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state of New York to expands the size of their programs. Touro Law School’s Public Advocacy Centers Foreclosure Prevention Clinic and Health and Welfare of Long Island (HWCLI) (phone (516) 483-1110) have received the funds in order to provide services to residents of Suffolk and Nassau Counties who need mortgage help.
Combined, the groups haves proposed serving over 2,000 local households with the funds. Last year, the groups assisted almost 3,200 families in the region. They provide foreclosure assistance, counseling, and information on other state of New York government mortgage programs. Nassau and Suffolk Counties rank second and third in the State respectively among all counties with foreclosure filings, so the demand for assistance is tremendous.
Long Island Housing Services Inc. runs a number of programs for homeowners and renters in the region. The resources include Fair Housing, Landlord and Tenant Rights, Eviction, Mortgage Scams, Foreclosure, First-Time Home Buyers, Reverse Mortgage, Education / Outreach, and resources for Storm Sandy help. Telephone (631)567-5111.
Several other organizations, both private and government, provide free mortgage delinquency assistance to qualified homeowners. Find more Suffolk County foreclosure counseling organizations.
Help find a job, foreclosure prevention and debt reduction services
The local community action agency, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. residents several different assistance programs and resources. Some of what they offer includes:
- Budgeting and debt reduction assistance - Learn how to save money, pay off credit card bills and debts, and other financial skills.
- Help finding a job - Acquire a new job, skill, or techniques in job retention and self-promotion. Resume review and other services.
- Housing assistance - Foreclosure prevention advice and information on mortgage assistance programs.
Those are just a couple examples of programs offered by Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. Call them at (phone (631) 289-2124) to learn more or to apply for help.