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Chenango County assistance programs.

Get information on applying for financial assistance programs or locating free stuff for low income families, single parents, senior citizens, the disabled, and other qualified applicants. There are various non-profit agencies, churches, government assistance programs and charity organizations. Find free health care programs, grants for paying housing and rent help, free back to school supplies, funds for utility bills, and other aid.

There is also free food from pantries in Chenango County as well as legal aid such as renting with an eviction on record. Or locate resources such as free prescription drugs, Christmas gifts or debt as well as foreclosure counseling services.

Grants and financial assistance programs

Greater Opportunities for Broome and Chenango, Inc is the local community action agency. The main office is in Norwich New York. Phone(607) 334-7114. Resources offered to the low income, unemployed, and others in the community are as follows.

  • Foreclosure counseling, mortgage delinquency programs for those facing an imminent foreclosure.
  • Home Energy Assistance Program - Funds for paying heating and energy bills. Apply at Chenango County Dept. of Social Services. Phone number below.
  • Rental assistance - Get help paying back rent or finding a new home or apartment.
  • Home repairs and weatherization - Improvements to both make your home safe and save energy.
  • Food banks and assistance - Distribute both government surplus commodities as well as run the Women, Infants and Children (WIC). This service provides nutritious foods to post partum, pregnant and breast feeding women and children up to age 5.
  • Information - Speak to a counselor to get information on New York and federal government programs, charities, and local non-profits. Find out about government medical care, food banks, debt counseling, and grants for bills and expenses.
  • Job Success Basics - Improve skills and career opportunities, from services like Workplace Essential Skills.




Social services

Chenango County Department of Social Services is the local government agency that is a great resource for the low income. A sampling of the programs and services offered include low income energy assistance (LIHEAP), food stamps/TANF, health and medical care, and more. One of the somewhat unique programs offered is a car repair service. If you need a car to get back and forth to work, the department of social services may be able to provide a voucher. Read more on car repairs for free for low income. (607) 337-1500

Chenango and Norwich Catholic Charities is also another leading organization in the region. While the financial assistance is limited, the organization can help with more basic needs such as food, shelter, and homeless prevention. Volunteers from Catholic Charities may be able to deliver meals to seniors or children in the community too. They focus on the less fortunate, unemployed, and working poor in Chenango New York, and the organization will offer as many resources and services as possible to those who need help. Click here for details on Chenango County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Chenango County housing programs are available for residents facing imminent eviction and/or the homeless. Services provided include case management, temporary housing, and maybe financial aid for rent. Other support, while more limited, may be available, such as meals, basic needs such as clothing, and job training. Click here rent help in Chenango County area.





Food pantries, banks, clothing, and emergency aid in Chenango County

A listing of some regional pantries are below. However there are many other non-profit food banks in the county. If one of the locations below can’t meet the needs of a client, then try another center. Click here free food pantries in Binghamton and Chenango area.

One of the local food banks and pantries of southern New York and Chenango County is the Food Pantry & Clothing Bank Cortland Chenango Rural Services. Call them at (607) 863-3828 to get food and other forms of aid.

Roots and Wings Catholic Charities (phone (607) 334-8244) gives clothes, food, and even just as importantly referrals to government programs, charities, and non-profits.

Columbus Community church (phone (607) 847-8600), Cortland Chenango Rural Services (call 607) 863-3828), and Mt. Upton United Methodist Church (607) 765-8536 are other local charities to call for food and groceries.

Read more on other New York based food banks and pantries. They offer free groceries, USDA services and holiday food to the low income.

Rent assistance programs and section 8

The low income can get subsidized housing and information on rent programs from the Norwich Housing Authority. They provide low income as well as housing, and run the Section 8 Housing Voucher program for the immediate area. Call (607) 334-5358.

There is also housing help for elderly in Chenango County. This too is a HUD section 8 type service. It can help low income retirees, senior citizens, and the low income find a safe and affordable place to live. Some basic medical or health care may be offered at these housing units too, and read more on HUD housing for senior citizens.





Mortgage delinquency counseling

Catholic Charities of Chenango and Norwich runs several housing programs. Phone (607) 334-8244. Housing counselors can offer foreclosure counseling, information on mortgage programs, and other forms of housing aid, including even homebuyer programs.


By Jon McNamara

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