Community Action Program for Madison County.

Operating from several offices, the Community Action Program for Madison County provides services, referrals, and limited financial support. The non-profit works to help people exit poverty, so case management and stability services are also a focus of the agency. Any aid can often be combined with short term relief, such as food, meals, and other assistance.

Applying for disability benefits for children can be arranged as part of Special Education Advocacy. The agency helps parents of children with physical or developmental disabilities. They can get support in applying for and understanding the Committee on Special Education process. Staff will advocates for the child and family, coordinate communication between the schools and parents, and give out information, referrals, and other support.

Family Action from CAPMADCO covers a wide range of needs. It operates as a voluntary, home visiting partnership. The service is for families or individuals in need of short term relief and long term planning. The goal of the program is to eliminate or reduce the risk of out of home placement for children.

There may be Employment Support, information on low income Housing stability, financial self-sufficiency, and skill building sessions. Note that all participants must be referred to Family Action by the Madison County Department of Social Services, or DSS.

Similar to above is the Community Action Program for Madison County Self-Sufficiency or Stabilization Service. Families or individuals may be faced with unusual needs that cannot be met by other non-profits, government benefits, or social service programs.

When this occurs, caseworkers from CAP will assist families in crisis. Assistance may be for transportation needs, linkage to community resources, and information and referrals. Learn about SNAP food stamps, section 8 housing vouchers, and other support.

Free or low cost health care is from the Mary Rose Clinic. This is in the region and also serves as the Oneida Free Medical Health for the Uninsured. The center was set up provide primary healthcare services to uninsured, indigent and low-income adults within Madison County and the surrounding areas. For details or an appointment, dial (315) 280-0855.




Rent and Housing Assistance from CAP of Madison County includes a number of services to meet housing needs. It addresses everything from homelessness to preventing evictions as well as home buying or ownership challenges.

The agency may offer short term, one time utility bill or rental assistance as well. The intent is to help those families that are faced with an eviction or shut off of their power. There are also transitional housing apartments in Madison County as well as budgeting instruction classes and financial counseling.

Information on partnerships and referrals from Community Action Program are readily available. There are dozens of health and human services agencies in the region. Social workers can refer clients to them or assist with an application.

Food programs from Community Action of Madison County

Food Sense is a discount program. It operates as a monthly distribution service for individuals and families of all income levels. Anyone who wants to save money to help stretch their monthly food budget can enroll for the monthly discounted boxes of food or groceries.




SNAP applications are processed. This is also known as the federal government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It is offered from outreach workers and the program is supported by a grant from the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, or NOEP. Get information on SNAP, help for applying, and other support.

Other programs to tackle hunger include free grocery vouchers or information on local Food Pantries. For example, CAP coordinates pantries in the county and nearby towns. The centers may provide up to three days of emergency groceries assistance for families in need that qualify.

Locations of centers

6 Cambridge Avenue, PO Box 249, Morrisville, New York 13408, (315) 684-7862
1001 New Market Drive, Canastota, NY 13032, phone number is (315) 697-3588
1081 Northside Shopping Center, Oneida, NY  13421, dial (315) 280-0889 for information.
East Main Office, 3 East Main Street, Morrisville New York, 13408, call (315) 684-3144




By Jon McNamara

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