Columbia County assistance programs.
Temporary financial assistance
Columbia County Department of Social Services (phone (518) 828-9411) may be able to provides temporary financial assistance for people in a short term emergency situations, which may include rent payment assistance. Some of the other programs they may be able to help with include food stamps, child care subsidies, and providing information on your options.
In addition, the social services group may be able to help with utility bills. They run the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which provides financial assistance and grants that can be applied towards utility bill payments to low-income households, and they may able be able to provide free fans and air conditioners.
The local community action agency, Columbia Opportunities, which is based in Hudson New York, is involved in administering several assistance programs, including the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program for low to moderate Columbia County residents. This program will assist with rent payments, rental and security deposits, utility arrears, and eviction prevention assistance. They also run an on site food pantry, and provide free income tax preparation services. Call (518) 828-4611. In addition, click here to find additional New York mortgage assistance programs.
Catholic Charities of Columbia County provides financial assistance, referrals, counseling, and advocacy for those in financial need. Among other services they run a food pantry, may have school supplies, limited funds for utility, heating, and rent expenses, and other aid. Dial (518) 828-8660.