Assistance programs in Allegany County New York.

Belmont and the greater Allegany County New York area are supported by a number of charities, agencies, and government programs, all of which are focused on helping the less fortunate among us. Find details on programs for paying rent, utilities, health care, and other expenses and bills.

Allegany non-profits for paying rent and bills

Catholic Charities of Allegany County is a charity that provides grants and limited financial assistance to help the needy and unemployed with fuel and heating bills, electric, and gas assistance, water, and even health care, namely medical prescription assistance. (585) 593-2015

Social Services are offered by the local county government office. Call at (585) 268-9622. There is limited temporary financial assistance to individuals and families in need of emergency aid, such as food, housing, and energy expenses. HEAP is also administered, and it can help pay energy costs and emergency furnace repair or replacement to qualified people.

Accord Corporation - This non-profit agency, which is the local community action agency, provides monthly subsidies (otherwise known as Section 8 housing vouchers) directly to landlords for monthly rent and utility expenses. Participants in Section 8 will need to pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent.  Some participants may also receive utility reimbursements for paying energy bills. No emergency assistance available. Read more on section 8 in NY.


Other services offered by Accord Corp. include:

Homelessness Prevention and Intervention - Get help with rent payments, mortgage, security deposits, first months rent, moving expenses and utility costs. Clothing and furniture may also be included.

Food Pantry - Receive anywhere from 7 to 10 days of food if you are faced with a crisis.

Head Start - Kids who take part in the program get access to educational activities. Children also receive free free medical and dental screenings, have access to snacks and healthy meals, and other forms of aid.





Foreclosure - Housing counselors provide free one-on-one counseling to prevent foreclosure on your home. Services as part of the foreclosure prevention program include budgeting, debt reduction, foreclosure mediation with your mortgage company and lender, and referrals to local programs and services, as well as federal mortgage programs. Pre-purchase counseling is also offered. Learn more on New York assistance, including settlement.

Call ACCORD Corporation, which is located in Belmont NY, at (585) 268-7605. Or click here more information.

Limited financial aid may be able at the Salvation Army. Apply or call (585) 593-2640 for more information. The charity organization provides temporary financial assistance to individuals and families who are in need including help with water bills, electric and gas bills, heating expenses, gasoline vouchers, and additional situations depending on need of the applicant. Limited finding is available, so call early.

The Alfred Area Food Pantry (607-587-9545) as well as the Genesee Valley Christian Community Food Pantry - Offers free food items to individuals in the community who are in need of support for them and their families.




By Jon McNamara

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