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Assistance programs Cayuga County New York.

Charities, churches, and government social services in Auburn as well as the county offer emergency financial assistance, job programs, free food, and other support in Cayuga County. There are grants, cash assistance programs, vouchers or gift cards, loans, and other resources for the low income, unemployed, and working poor.

The goal of the assistance programs is to help the less fortunate, single moms, seniors, jobless, the disabled and others get help. Whether free items like school supplies or healthcare, or money to pay rent, electric bills or mortgage payment, help is offered. Auburn New York agencies also give free credit counseling, job programs information on entry level jobs, eviction or homebuying assistance and so much more.

Locate financial assistance programs that help with bills and provide grants

Thousands of families receive help from the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency. They have numerous programs that provide resources, grants, and services to low and moderate income families, as well as other aid to people who are struggling. Examples of what they offer are below. They have multiple locations around Auburn and Cayuga County. You will find their primary address at the bottom of this page.

  • Cayuga County Emergency Services - This is a resource offered to people in need, and Emergency Services counselors will work closely with individuals and families and help them deal with an emergency or crisis. Many different options are available for people in need. For example, Emergency Services will provide advocacy, clothing, clothing, shelter, prescription drug assistance, emergency transportation assistance, debt counseling and credit card assistance, and they provide resources and programs that will responds to a wide array of crisis situations.
  • When someone is provided access to Emergency Services, they get advice and counseling from experts in many topics. For example, they can provide them advice on negotiating medical bills, referrals to government programs, and other tips.
  • Attire for Hire (Cayuga) - The Attire for Hire program provides individuals and families access to free and discounted professional clothing that can be used for job interviews. In addition, other accessories are provided for employment interviews or for starting a new job.




  • Weatherization Assistance Program of Cayuga County - This is a federal government funded program. It provides assistance in the form of direct services for the purpose of reducing the heating bills and energy burden for both low and moderate income homeowners. It will install free energy conserving updates to the home, and the end result is people can save up to $500 per year on their energy bills.
  • Job Training and Essentials for Employment - If you need help finding a job or new skills, this program may be able to help you. It will incorporate experts that offer hands-on computer training and Internet literacy with other career development training, and it will assist customers in obtaining employment with a decent, livable income and benefits. People get one on one counseling and case management that will provide them with education, job skills, and assistance with resume writing,, basic business etiquette, interviewing skills, and other career enhancing skills.
  • Free supplies for work - The Cayuga Community Action Agency tries to direct job seekers or the underemployed to resources. This may be laptop computers, clothes, uniforms such as for medical professionals, boots, dresses for women, uniforms, and even electronics. In fact, computers or tablets are a priority. Even find other options for free desktop computers.
  • EmPower NY - This is an energy conservation and efficiency program that is available for both homeowners and tenants and it is administered by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). The primary goal of this energy conservation program is to assist low-income households with  reducing their home energy use and bills using cost-effective Electric Reduction (ER) measures such as improved lighting, refrigerator replacement, insulation, and more.
  • Rent Assistance, Homeless Intervention and Case Management - This housing assistance program provides rent help, housing assistance, and other aid to people acing eviction as well as currently homeless individuals and families. A housing counselor will work with the applicant and other charities and agencies to provide necessary services such as financial assistance, emergency cash grants, and temporary housing while the issues are resolved.
  • A key component of the homeless prevention programs is case management, and this offers individuals and families one-on-one support and counseling as they identify and overcome barriers to staying in their home. Find additional ways to prevent an eviction.





The main office of the community action agency is located at 65 State Street, Auburn, NY 13021 and the phone number is: 315-255-1703. Contact them for more information or to apply for assistance. Or continue reading to get more details on programs from non-profit CSCAA, which is also known as Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency.

Cayuga County housing assistance - Programs are offered for the homeless, low income, and recently evicted. Resources include shelters, transitional housing, temporary apartments, and more. Some programs target veterans or single parents. Read Cayuga County transitional housing programs.

AIDS Community Resources Cayuga - All of the services below are only for patients who have HIV/AIDS. Case managers and specialists will provide advocacy, support services and groups, outreach, and counseling. Some of the financial assistance provided includes subsidized rent assistance and legal advice. Also get transportation to key medical appointments. 17 East Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 13021, phone (315) 475-2430 for information.

Many general programs for low income families are offered. The United Way and 211 service is a great place to get information. Whether it is details on free daycare for working parents, prescription drug discount cards, low cost loans, or low income housing, many resources are given. The goal is to help low income families, immigrants, and the working poor get help with whatever need they may have. Referrals are offered from this service, or find additional low income help.

Catholic Charities of The Finger Lakes Cayuga County is based in Auburn at 134 Genesee Street. Phone number is (315) 252-3055. Most of the assistance they provide is for an emergency or crisis. Funds can pay for housing expenses, including rent, utilities, or security deposits. Financial aid is offered for other basic needs such as eyeglasses, prescriptions, dental work, baby formula, bus or taxi fare, or some over the counter medical products.

Also the federal government HEAP program is run from this office. Money can pay heating or summer cooling bills, and funds are offered for anyone who meets income levels and who not receiving any form of public financial assistance. More on assistance programs from Cayuga County Catholic Charity.

Car programs are sometimes available for work or job training reasons. There are regional charities that offer Transportation Assistance and Wheels to Work. This program provides low interest loans and grants that are to be used for vehicle purchase, insurance costs, and repairs for customers who meet certain criteria.

The Wheels to Work program offers clients a number of different options and approaches that will allow for comprehensive job skills training and empowerment of low and moderate income families who live in Auburn and Cayuga County. Some of these services offered include computer and job skills training, establishment of a savings account, financial budgeting education, defensive driving education, grants and low interest loans to pay for many related bills.





There are also matched, low interest loans for vehicle purchases, assistance with car insurance, registration, when necessary, referral to a car seat program if needed. While a Cayuga family is shopping, there may be transportation assistance prior to car purchase. Find additional ways to get low interest auto loans from Ways to Work.

Salvation Army

This organization is located at 161 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY and the phone number is (315) 252-1693. The faith based charity provides many types of assistance throughout they year, including free food as well as hot meals to the low income or homeless. In addition, they are the only agency in Cayuga County that provides rent and mortgage assistance on a regular basis to people in need.

Other emergency assistance provided by the Cayuga County Salvation Army includes free and discounted prescriptions, back-to-work clothes and emergency school supplies. There are also basic health care services, and doctor appointment travel assistance. Or apply for Adopt a Family Christmas toys or gifts. Case managers from the Cayuga County Salvation Army also give general counseling, both for substance abuse as well as general guidance. Phone  (315) 252-1693. Or more on Salvation Army assistance programs Cayuga County.

Free groceries and food banks in Cayuga County New York

In addition to the pantries, soup kitchens and distribution centers listed below, click here for additional food pantries that operate in New York state.

Brutus-Sennett Pantry is offered at First Baptist Church. Up to five days of food and groceries are offered.  2707 Liberty Street, Weedsport, New York 13166.

Calvary Food Pantry Central New York, Inc. - This center offers emergency food boxes. Other items include Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. 90 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021, call (315) 252-7772

Cato Christian Food Pantry - Call (315) 626-2734 for services.

Community Food Pantry - Unless you have an emergency, food is limited to 4-5 day supply every two months. 57 West Cayuga Street, Moravia, New York 13118, phone (315) 497-0977

Fair Haven Community Church - Phone number is (315) 947-6233







Genoa Food Pantry is located at United Church of Genoa. The address is 10070 Route 90, Genoa, NY 13071. Or dial (607) 533-0093. While groceries, canned good, and perishable items are offered, food will be delivered only if client has no vehicle or is homebound.

Port Byron Community Food Pantry is run from First United Methodist Church. Main number (315) 776-5156.

There are other charities as well as churches that provide free food, baby formula, diapers, meals and more to low income families. Not only do they assist in a crisis, but low income families can also apply for benefits such as SNAP food stamps, free Thanksgiving or Christmas meals and more. Find a local Cayuga County free food pantry.

By Jon McNamara

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