Broome County assistance programs.
Rent, mortgage, utility bill assistance, and other financial aid is available in Binghamton and Broome County. Get help with paying bills from churches or charities, access government grants or job training programs, receive free food and find assistance from an agency below.
How to get free prescription drugs.
Lourdes Hospital offers a program, the Hope Dispensary of the Southern Tier, that provides free prescription drugs and medicines to those who need assistance. The program offers to help those individuals who have no prescription drug coverage in their health insurance plan, or who have no insurance at all, and if they have a limited income. Families and individuals whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Government Poverty Level (FPL) will be provided with both short term and long term medication assistance. Physicians’ offices, distributors, and pharmaceutical companies send their donated medications to the program’s central distribution center in Tennessee, and the local Binghamton program gets these medications from that warehouse and provides them to patients who qualify for aid.
In addition to this prescription medicines program, Lourdes has staff on site that can assist patients with enrollment in Medicaid and other public programs, if needed. The staff can also provide assistance and information to patients so that they can obtain a primary care provider, if needed.
To obtain free prescription drugs, individuals can’t have any existing prescription drug coverage, and their income needs to be at or below the FPL. Find other ways to get help with medical bills, and free health care. Learn more.
While the Hope Dispensary has an inventory of the most commonly prescribed medications, unfortunately it does not stock every medication. For example, they do not carry any controlled substances or birth control pills. They will always work with you to the best of their ability to help you in any way they can, including filling your prescription with medication samples and generic medications.
The Hope Dispensary of the Southern Tier is located at 477 State Street in Binghamton, which is directly across from Binghamton Plaza. 607-584-9376.
Get grants for paying heating bills
Broome County agencies and government organizations have processed over 15,000 applications this year for people who need help with paying heating and utility bills. The program runs from November to May. The amount of the HEAP payment provided by both New York State and the federal government varies based on the type of heat used by the household, the families income, and how many people live there. Natural gas users can receive a grant of up to $400 or more if there is an elderly person or person with a disability in the home. If someone heats their home with fuel oil, these users can get $600 or more as part of their HEAP grant.
The locations to apply for aid include:
- Broome County Department of Social Services, which is located at 36-42 Main St., Binghamton. Dial (607) 778-2638
- Opportunities for Broome, which is located on West State Street in Binghamton. Call (607) 723-6493.
Emergency assistance for paying bills, expenses
Opportunities for Broome, Inc., the Binghamton based community action agency, also offers several other emergency and crisis programs. For example, the non-profit agency employs so called trained Family Advocates. These dedicated resources and trained individuals will meet with qualified individuals, and together they will help people in need of emergency assistance find free food, clothing, apply for utility bill help, shelter, prescription drugs, access heating fuel, and transportation. The Family Development program is a strength-based approach and utilizes an individual’s own attributes to attain their personal goals over the long term. Call them at (607) 723-6493. Read more Opportunities for Broome.
Catholic Social Services of Broome County, phone number (607) 729-9166, offers limited emergency assistance for bills and expenses, infant foster care, adoption services, parent education, referrals and information on New York and federal government programs, referrals to community clinics (learn more), marriage enrichment, free food, and other aid.
The Binghamton Catholic Charity organization also partners with other non-profits, churches and organizations such as Ladies of Charity. Social workers can help clients find items such as clothing or apply for government assistance programs like food stamps or low income energy assistance, also known as LIHEAP. Several other resources are offered too. Click here.
Also try calling The Salvation Army, Binghamton Corps. Their phone number is (607) 722-2987. They provide basic material needs; 24 hour per-day emergency assistance and limited financial aid; access to food pantries and soup kitchens, National Missing Persons Bureau; and adult and youth development assistance programs.
BHA is another local Broome County organization that may be able to provide emergency rental assistance for families to reside in clean, decent and affordable housing units. Address is 36 Exchange St. Binghamton, New York 13901, telephone: 607-723-9491
Clothing banks and low cost thrift stores provide items to the low income as well as general public. Depending on need and donation levels, there may be clothes, back to school items, work clothing, winter coats for kids or the elderly, and much more. Find details on free clothing closets in Broome County.
Housing Assistance & Support Program (HASP), or MHAST, is a resource that provides financial and/or case management services to low to moderate income families and individuals who reside within the City of Binghamton. Case managers can help people obtain and maintain stable permanent housing during economic hard times. Location is 153 Court St, Binghamton, NY 13901-3502, phone number 607-771-8888
Resources for paying rent - Several charities, non-profits, and government affiliated organizations focus on stopping homeless in Binghamton New York and surrounding towns. They may have funds for paying rent when someone has an eviction notice or offer other forms of assistance. More rent help in Broome County.
Low income housing programs include emergency shelters, transitional homes, and eviction prevention. Several non-profits, churches, and charities in Broome County can help with housing needs. If an organization can’t assist, they may have referrals to other regional housing resources. More on Broome County transitional housing.
Family Development and Emergency Assistance Program runs the New York State HEAP energy assistance program and other support. The resource offers referrals to appropriate social service and non-profit agencies in case of emergency assistance. Aid is provided to low-income families. The program can help people in need of emergency assistance find clothing, food, shelter, prescription drugs, heating oil, fuel, and transportation. In addition, the organization provides assistance to low-income tenants living in sub-standard housing. Case managers can help people locate emergency housing in cases of homelessness, potential eviction, or condemnation. The center can also distribute information on tenant's rights. 5 W State St, Binghamton, New York 13901-2322, main number is 607-723-6493. Find more New York public assistance.
Tioga Opportunities is another southern tier community action agency. The non-profit helps with heating and energy bills, as well as has funds for stopping evictions. Other programs include Heating Equipment Tune Up, emergency food in partnership with Broome County area pantries, and referrals to loan programs for those that qualify. Continue with Tioga Opportunities programs.
Broome County programs for housing and rent assistance
Another one of the big needs in Broome County and the Binghamton area is the need for eviction prevention, rent assistance, and money for security deposits. Opportunities for Broome, Inc. (phone number is above) offers the Housing Assistance and Support Program (HASP). The fund will provide financial assistance for people who live in rental units who may be facing a housing or utility crisis, or who need help paying rent. Qualified individuals can get financial help as well as case management support.
Free legal support
Get access to free legal advice, assistance and representation in civil matters. Attorneys from the non-profit firm Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (Binghamton) provides a special focus in areas including income maintenance, housing, foreclosures, abuse and neglect, and access to health care. (607) 231-5900.
Contact Wilson Children's Center. This agency provides full-day childcare and early childhood education and services for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. In addition, the agency also provides before/after school care for school-aged children up to age 12. (607) 467-5437.
Foreclosure and debt help in Broome County
Metro Interfaith offers information and referral on housing and foreclosure prevention options in Broome County and Binghamton, including counseling for first-time home buyers, homeowners in default, older homeowners considering reverse mortgages, budget, debt reduction and credit counseling, rental counseling and rental relocation. They are a HUD certified housing agency. Dial 607-723-0723, or click here for more information on New York mortgage programs, such as mediation and settlement conferences.
Consumer Credit Counseling - Broome County provides clients with free budget/financial counseling, mortgage advice, and creditor arrangements. They also suggest ways to reduce spending, get out of debt, and manage money wisely. They may even negotiate creditor repayment plans as alternative to bankruptcy on your behalf. Phone 607-723-2671.
CCS Food Pantry offers free food and groceries that a person in need may access at most once per month. 607-723-4563
Other places to turn to for free food in the Binghamton NY area include Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry (phone 607-724-5304), Food @ First Presbyterian Church (dial 607-722-4219), and Angel Food Ministries (which offers discounted food - 607-724-6383)
The Landmark Church – The center provides free or low cost toys, clothing, books, and food. The location is 126 Court St., Binghamton, NY 13901-3505. Call 607-723-1127
Broome County Health Department – This center offers nutrition assessments, education and counseling, as well as food or meal vouchers, referrals and healthy foods. The recipients of the programs and aid includes pregnant, infants and children up to age five, breastfeeding and postpartum women. Location is 225 Front St., Binghamton, New York 13905-2424. Call 607-778-2881
Food Pantry is located at 100 Main St. Local residents can contact it at most once per month. Detergent, diapers and personal care items, as well as food is offered at most once per month. Call 607-723-4563
Several other food pantries and soup kitchens are in the region. They can assist people of all backgrounds. Assistance is for children, seniors, and others. Receive groceries or other support, such as applications to SNAP food stamps or baby formula. Find Binghamton food pantries.
Free health and medical care
Binghamton Community Free Clinic for Uninsured Adults offers free medical care to those low income, patients who are uninsured and unable to pay for medical or hospital bills. The clinic offers free basic primary health care, non-emergency health care to uninsured adults, and physical exams. Click here to find information on New York prescription medications. Phone 607-778-3938.