Community Action of Rockland County programs.

Supporting residents across Rockland County, the non-profit Community Action Partnership provides a number of services and assistance programs. For example, the agency can offer information on SNAP food stamps, provide referrals to emergency food pantries, serves as an alternate source for information on the New York Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The non-profit will also initiate special community projects and programs. The resources available from the partnership are extensive.

The agency emphasizes wellness, self-sufficiency and prevention through the provision of various programs and services. One example of this is the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), which provides supplemental food, formula and nutrition education for eligible women, infants, and children.

Community Action Partnership of Rockland County runs several housing-related and emergency rent programs to help low income residents of county with securing and retaining appropriate and affordable housing, including apartments too. They focus on assisting eligible elderly people; single parents, the disabled who are 18 or more years old and really anyone that meets eligibility guidelines. The goal is to place people into safe, clean, uncrowded living quarters. The components of it are below.

  • Security Deposit or Rental Assistance – This is for individuals living in apartments not managed by the agency, and loans may be issued for this expense.
  • Home Rehabilitation Services performs necessary home repairs that help eligible Rockland County homeowners feel safe and secure in their homes.

Subsidies from Section 8 Housing Voucher Program and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is also sponsored by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.  Section 8 assists the low income, elderly, the disabled, and the financially disadvantaged by making a monthly rental payment directly to landlords on behalf of tenants.

Heating and Energy Services through Community Action Partnership of Rockland County are available to struggling as well as income-eligible renters, homeowners and landlords. The options are below.




Weatherization is available for both multiple family homes and single, and is an option for both homeowners and rental tenants. Renters must show that landlords have agreed to participate in the program. The process begins from the Rockland Community Action Partnership with an on-site evaluation, inspection and energy audit, performed by a trained specialist. Based on the resulting recommendations, the work is then performed by experienced specialists.

Focused strictly on the state, EmPower New York provides cost-effective alterations to the homes of low-income residents. The goal is on reducing energy consumption and lightening the burden of unmanageable utility bills.

Per state of New York guidelines, lighting and refrigeration are particularly emphasized, along with other cost-effective strategies, such as draft reduction as well as insulation. This service is free to those who meet income-eligibility requirements.

Community Action Partnership of Rockland County partners with the Department of Aging as well, and together they believe that the county’s seniors have greatly contributed to the region's prosperity and traditions. The goal is to enable the elderly to remain in their own homes and to participate in family and community life as long as possible. Some of the services available through the Department of Aging include the following:

  • Nutrition and meals sites serve hot, freshly prepared meals in a congregate, or group, setting. This gives seniors aged 60 and over from Rockland (and their spouses), the opportunity to socialize with friends while enjoying a free tasty meal.
  • Non-profits and churches also run a low cost, home-delivered meals program. This will ensure that area seniors who are homebound have access to nutritious food, including around the holiday. Each client is assessed for nutritional status.
  • Access Services includes information, caregiver support, referrals, long-term care ombudsman program, transportation referrals, and our Senior Scoop newsletter.
  • There is also Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly, Telephone Reassurance and Caregiver Respite.




HIICAP - The Health Insurance Information Program assists seniors with making sense of the often overwhelming amounts of information that come with managing public or private health insurance. The program employs staff members and a group of trained volunteers. They work with clients and offer educational and informational services in regard to claims, Medicare supplemental insurance options,  billing, prescription plans, Medicare long-term care coverage, Medicaid and Medicare benefits, the Prescription Drug Card, and Part D.

Get information on the New York Connects Program from Community Action Partnership of Rockland County . The agency provides older adults, and those of any age who are disabled, with access to information in regard to long-term care and available community resources.

For more details on the Community Action Agency in Rockland, the main center is 176 North Main Street, Spring Valley, New York 10977. The main number is (845) 352-4167.



By Jon McNamara

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