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Assistance programs Plattsburgh and Clinton County New York.

Low income families can get emergency financial help and social services in the Plattsburgh NY area. Find churches or charities to apply at for rent help, security deposit or mortgage assistance, and emergency utility bill help. There are also government cash assistance programs in Plattsburgh, free food pantries and medical clinics in Clinton County, transportation programs, job resources, and much more.

There are soup kitchens and food pantries that give free food or meals. Or Clinton County residents can get seasonal help, including free winter clothes, back to school supplies, heating bills help or Christmas gifts. All this financial assistance and free stuff in the Plattsburgh region is combined with credit counseling, debt reduction services, budgeting resources and other case management services. Or find a food bank near you that is open today.

Financial assistance from the Clinton Community Action Agency

JCEO of Clinton County, Inc. offers many services and assistance programs for low income individuals and others who may qualify for help.

  • Housing and rent assistance - The Plattsburgh and Clinton County Community Outreach Centers offer housing/rent assistance to families facing eviction and/or homelessness. Families who qualify for aid will be  provided with information, advocacy and referrals to appropriate community and government resources.
    In addition, budgeting assistance and debt counseling is offered to promote self-reliance and prevent future crisis for the client of the program. But the best news may be that funds for emergency utility and heating bill assistance, rent or security deposits are provided on a case by case basis to individuals.
  • Community Action Realizing Success (CARS) - This is a program that provides cars to those in need. Vehicles need to be donated by community members, and then those cars that are meeting program standards are donated directly to a low income, employed family who need transportation. The C.A.R.S. program will also help eligible low income and needy families maintain their donated transportation by providing financial assistance.




    The family that receives the car will need to contribute affordable payments to an Escrow account until a balance of $500.00 is reached in the account. This account will then serves as an account for future repairs and car insurance assistance. Last, but not least, basic car maintenance, defensive driving instruction, and  child safety are offered to those receiving vehicles in order to minimize car repairs and ensure safety for them and their families. Locate other charities that provide free cars for employment.

  • Food assistance and pantries - Each community action center has an on site food pantry that is available for low income individuals and those needing assistance. The centers provide families with nutritious staple foods and groceries such as pasta, canned goods, and much more.
  • The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - It is a federal government created and funded program that was designed to provide energy conservation measures to housing within Clinton County. The program is free to qualified families.
    Outreach centers and family development locations in Clinton County are operated by the Council of Economic Opportunity. The main function of these sites is to help people access the government benefits they need, such as SNAP food stamps or job training. Of particular focus is on assisting senior citizens.

Call the JCEO of Clinton County Inc. at (518) 561-6310 to apply for help or request further information. Or for more details, more on Joint Council of Economic Opportunity programs.

Information and referrals to financial help and free stuff in Clinton County

Plattsburgh New York based Catholic Charities Diocese of Ogdensburg (518-561-0470) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers support to people in need. Their mission is to reach out to the most vulnerable members, including working poor and low income, of the Clinton County community.

United Way of the Adirondack Region helps people across Plattsburgh and Clinton County. they provide information on various local agencies, charities, and other organizations. They partner with many of these groups as well. 518-563-0028.





The Plattsburgh Salvation Army can help the working poor, families with children, and low income. The branch in Clinton County is not very large and resources are limited. The non-profit may be able to help with emergency rental or heating bill assistance. Other support provided can include homeless shelter, a hot meal, or free groceries from a food pantry.

A thrift store may sell clothing, furniture, and other goods in Clinton County New York, and the low income may receive a voucher for free items. The Salvation Army in Plattsburgh may also offer free Christmas toys or food from Adopt a Family and they give students from K-12 school supplies, free uniforms, backpacks and more. Referrals, case management, and employment resources are also all available. More on Salvation Army Clinton County New York.

Clinton County Social Services (DSS) provides public assistance, benefits, welfare, cash aid and more. Most of the financial assistance or grant money is for very low income families, the elderly, or senior citizens. Everything from SNAP food stamps to Medicaid, elderly or nursing home care, LIHEAP grants for heating bills and TANF cash aid may be offered. The address is 13 Durkee St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Call (518) 565-3300. Or learn more on applying for public assistance in NY.

Clinton County programs for paying rent can help low income families that are facing an eviction. Residents of the county can turn to any number of resources, ranging from government grants to transitional housing or non-profits that offer rental help. Based on qualifications, some of the organizations will also help with security deposits or moving costs. More on rental assistance in Clinton County.


By Jon McNamara

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