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Clinton, Franklin, and Essex County Salvation Army assistance programs.

An objective of the Salvation Army is to provide services to help less fortunate individuals and families. They can get assistance with finding and paying for basic needs such as food and housing costs, including rent or utility bills. Or get basic needs including free Christmas Toys from Angel Tree, furniture, clothes, or school supplies. The Salvation Army in the Plattsburgh and Franklin County area also helps with drug or substance abuse. While all funding in the region of Clinton County is limited, people can receive referrals, truly receive concrete assistance, and advocacy.

Free food and financial help from Salvation Army

A food pantry operates in the Plattsburgh region on a walk in basis. People from the community, regardless of their personal situation, can receive enough food for a few days. The pantry also will more than often have a soup kitchen that can serve a hot meal to the poor and less fortunate in Franklin and Essex County.

Another service is offered at the food banks. Staff from the pantry at the Salvation Army can assist clients with applying for public aid such as SNAP Food Stamps or WIC if they are eligible. The pantries also have information on nearby thrift stores and clothing closets for diapers, hygiene items, school supplies, and even baby formula. There are also SNAP food stamp applications from public aid in NY, and the Salvation Army refers client to this support.

Homeless Prevention Services provide assistance for people in a housing crisis or facing eviction. The program includes short-term case management, counseling and referrals for housing related assistance.

Rental assistance is a form of homeless prevention is offered. Both those facing eviction and any currently homeless can benefit. Income qualified families can register for a number of flexible levels of service needed to secure and access community resources. This can include transitional or permanent housing in Clinton County New York. While much more limited, financial assistance is available from the Salvation Army for paying for rent, energy bills and other housing related needs that are not met by other government or non-profit programs in the community.

Many people who apply are families who are employed at least part time, currently homeless, and non-disabled individuals. Any cash assistance for housing related matters or your rent is based on individual need and includes a housing voucher. In addition, clients are provided with access to a number of independent living skills training, linkage to community resources in Clinton and Essex and also comprehensive housing location assistance programs.




Social workers offer crisis counseling, comprehensive social work support services and linkages to non-profit government community resources. These and more are provided to secure and maintain permanent housing.

The main local Salvation Army center are at 4804 S Catherine St (phone (518) 561-2951) as well as 75 Montcalm Ave in Plattsburgh New York. The second location can be reached at (518) 563-5431.

Health care may be provided as follows. Work with a Salvation Army social worker to apply for assistance in completing the application process for government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Child and Family Health Plus.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter can provide residents with temporary emergency housing. People who use the facility will also access counseling services for homeless families of any configuration. This can include single parents, extended families, men with children, senior citizens, older male children and single women. Some shelter may also have a special wing for families with infants, newborns and toddlers.

Free Christmas, Thanksgiving and school supplies in Plattsburgh and Essex County region

Many community groups, churches, and charity organizations in the Essex and Clinton County region work with the Salvation Army to provide help during Christmas or Thanksgiving. Qualified low-income and working poor families receive items such as a book, clothing, free toy, or even a stocking stuffer. Also apply for goods such as a holiday food basket that contains a meal or a free turkey, as there are free Thanksgiving assistance programs in Plattsburgh.

The programs will also provide people with all the fixings for a tasty holiday dinner. Not only that, but a pantry will offer extra food and groceries to help families feed their children during the winter or spring school break. Or get a hit turkey dinner or food basket at Thanksgiving.

Seniors and people 60 and older will often get prioritization from the Salvation Army. Special programs and resources are for those are so called housing vulnerable and at risk for homelessness. Receive free information, assistance and planning resources for needs such as housing, food, nutrition, and utility bills. Or get referrals to appropriate local agencies. There are also other Agency on Aging center assistance programs near you.





Children through the entire region, who come from low income households, can apply for free back to school supply and hygiene programs. Salvation Army works with businesses in Clnton and Franklin County, as well as the city of Plattsburgh, to help students of all ages. Whether it is a backpack or winter coat for school, or shoes or pens/pencils, help is offered.

Contact information

There are multiple offices that offer social services, financial aid for bills and other support. Call 518) 561-2951, or for the thrift store and financial help near Plattsburgh, dial 518) 561-2951. If not near a location, referrals are given.

By Jon McNamara

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