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Columbia County New York 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.

Health care, specifically prescription medications - A regional Healthcare Consortium was created in the area that coordinates a prescription drug program. Specialists from the non-profit organization can help low income, working poor, the elderly and disadvantages families obtain and pay for their needed medications. The counselors work directly with pharmaceutical companies and national drug companies. The service and consultations are offered for free. Read more.

Salvation Army centers - Across eastern New York are several locations of this non-profit organization. Case managers and social workers can help qualified low income clients from Columbia County. Basic needs are a focus, such as shelter, food, and holiday assistance.





A focus of the Salvation Army assistance programs is on the elderly, seniors, and families with young children. Some very limited funds may be offered for expenses such as rent or utility bills for those with an eviction notice or facing homelessness. Referrals can be provided to other New York programs as well, such as HEAP. More Columbia Salvation Army programs.

Columbia County legal representation and assistance

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides general legal aid, advice and programs to help prevent a foreclosure or eviction, and will help people deal with debt collectors and predatory lending. For example, learn about New York medical debt collection laws. Phone (518) 462-6765.

Mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention counseling

Housing Resources of Columbia County offers homeowners with one-on-one counseling to assist borrowers  who are currently or who may become in the near future delinquent on their current mortgage payment. The non-profit HRCC provides comprehensive foreclosure prevention counseling, information on mortgage programs such as the Home Affordable Modification Program, free legal advice and referral services to homeowners who are struggling with paying their mortgage. Call the Hudson NY agency at (518) 822-0707.

By Jon McNamara

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