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Rental assistance in Chemung and Steuben County.

In an emergency, Find how to get one time rent assistance, money for a security deposit or free legal aid to stop an eviction in both Chemung and Steuben County. There are funds, grants, and vouchers (for motels or short term housing) provides by charities, churches and government agencies. Find where to get help with rent in Chemung County, Elmira, Steuben County and bath below.

If a family is not eligible, then they can explore other housing programs, ranging from legal aid to support in moving into a transitional home. The rent help is generally part of a homeless prevention program. This takes a holistic approach to assist residents of this region. It will often combine government grants for rent to applications to section 8 subsidies as well as case management services. All of these resources are brought to bear by the agencies referenced below.

Also, if someone is currently homeless in Chemung County or the region, then in some cases a motel voucher or shelter is available. This can also lead to funding for a security deposit as well as a portion of first month's rent, with the approval of the social worker that is assigned to the case.

Agencies to apply at for rent payment help or security deposit assistance programs

Elmira Housing Authority is at 737D Reservoir St, Elmira, NY 14905. Rent subsidies are provided as part of Section 8. This has a waiting list and is a long term solution. It only pays a portion of rental costs as well for very low income families or seniors. There are also home buying services, public housing for the working poor and other support. The Main number is (607) 737-7100.

  • Elmira Heights Urban Renewal Agency is another section 8 agency to try. The address is 215 Elmwood Avenue, Elmira, NY, 14903. Call 607-734-1531

Chemung County Department of Social Services is at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue, Human Resource Building, Elmira, NY 14902. Government grants as part of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance may cover a portion of housing costs. It may pay for mortgages, energy bills, rent, and even employment services. Dial 607-737-5302 for information.

Salvation Army Financial and Income Based Services can help with housing, motel vouchers as well as back rent or utility bills (to stop an eviction. The center is at 414 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901. Extremely limited funding. Money may pay for security deposits, lodging at a motel, rent, and more. The non-profit also offers referrals. Main: 607-732-0314. Or more information on Chemung County Salvation Army financial assistance programs.




Catholic Charities of Chemung County
380 S Main Street, Elmira, NY 14904. Main phone: 607-734-4898
Assistance is for first month's rent, electric and gas bills, medications, and other expenses.

Arbor Housing and Development
Location is 26 Bridge Street, Corning, NY 14830. Telephone: 607-654-7487
Project based rental assistance, including both TBRA as well as section 8, are offered in Lack Street Senior Apartments in Hammondsport, Hawthorne Court in Elmira, Village Square in Painted Post, Knoxville Senior Housing in Corning, and Seneca Manor in Hornell.

Steuben County Department of Social Services
Main address is 3 E Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810. Call 607-664-2000
The program is known as Building Independence for Long Term (BILT). It focuses on long term stability. Financial help can assist with utility and rent payments, moving expenses, and even security deposits.

Salvation Army of Corning and Steuben
32 Denison Parkway East, Corning, New York 14830. Main: 607-962-4681
One time funds, including loans, may be offered. There is also a homeless shelter, transitional housing for Steuben County and limited, immediate rent assistance.

Catholic Charities Steuben County focuses on families, single moms and people in poverty. They help arrange shelter, immediate grant money for rent or moving costs, basic needs and more. The charity and main church is at 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY, 14810. Call 607-776-8085 or dial 607-776-4092.

Hornell Salvation Army
Address is 95 Seneca Street, Hornell, New York 14843. Main number is 607-324-1933
Short term, emergency aid for rent and other bills. Some low-income tenants may be given free furniture or household stuff for an apartment.





City of Hornell Housing Authority - Section 8 Rental Assistance
87 E Washington Street, Hornell, NY 14843. Main: 607-324-7912
Vouchers from the HUD program can help families to find, pay for and lease approved privately owned housing. There is additional shelter offered.

Legal Assistance of Western New York - Bath Office
16 West William Street, Bath, New York 14810. 607-776-4126
The non-profit has free legal aid and attorneys that help the elderly, disabled and low-income. There is free eviction defense services for people with a pay or quit notice. The non-profit also runs the Homelessness Prevention Program. Assists with eviction, foreclosures, and code violations.

Mustard Seed Ministries only help low-income families in Tyrone NY. Dial 607-857-0338. Various churches offer utility bill help, a few dollars for rent or a mortgage and other support - both housing and material goods.


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