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Salvation Army assistance in Elmira New York area.

Emergency assistance is provided by the Salvation Army in Elmira, Chemung or Schuyler County as well as surrounding areas. Most of the resources require an appointment. It also goes without saying that funds are limited and income restrictions are in place. When someone receives help from the Salvation Army they will also more than likely be enrolled in self-sufficiency type programs.

Centers across the region will have on site food pantries. These provide emergency food assistance. Income restrictions are in place, and applicants will need to provide proof of their needs. This includes documentation of residency in Chemung or Schuyler County, identification for all household members, and proof of total household income. Canned goods, free bread, produces, and other items are given away. In addition to the food pantry, case workers also provide a service known as Food Stamp Outreach. The Salvation Army offers screening for SNAP food stamps and/or WIC.

Social services and emergency financial assistance is offered by appointment only. While very limited, cash assistance or grants may be offered for paying rent, utilities, heating bills and even clothing. Most of the financial support is offered as a last resort, and only when someone is faced with eviction/homelessness or a disconnection of their utilities. Applicants will need to have checked in with other non-profits in the Elmira or Steuben County area first. They also must provide proof of income and expenses to their Salvation Army case worker.

Emergency Family Assistance Program is a Salvation Army program that serves as a central intake clients. It can help refer people to, or maybe directly offer, tangible assistance such as clothing, food, and more. This social services type program also administers several other initiatives for the low income, including Christmas assistance (see below). Another emergency financial assistance program is the Neighbor for Neighbor Heat Fund. It is for those people who are 60 years or older, individuals with disabilities, and families with children who are struggling to pay their heating bills during the winter. At the same time someone benefits from this service they need to be aggressively looking for jobs and undergoing case management.





Holiday assistance in Elmira includes Christmas and Easter baskets, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and more. Some programs may provide free gifts, toys, and clothes to children, such as Angel Tree. The free Christmas Assistance Program is provided to low income residents, in particular children from struggling families. Parents who are successfully enrolled are able to choose gifts for each child between birth and usually up to 12 years of age. All holiday aid relies heavily on donations from the community. If found to be qualified, the child, senior, or family will receive holiday food, assistance, toys or gifts.

The Salvation Army will try to help people find a job. Get information and referrals to Local Employment Boards, including job and website listings.

Disaster Response, whether natural or manmade, is always a focus. Services include a Mobile Canteen which responds to disasters in local counties, towns, and cities. The unit may occasionally be called out for service elsewhere in New York. Furniture, clothing, and short term shelter vouchers may be available for disaster victims only.

Safe House is a local Salvation Army shelter. It is open for women and children in the region, including Chemung and Elmira. It will help those who are victims of domestic violence or abuse. The facility can house up to 20 women and children for up to 90 days. At the same time, get assistance from programs that can help people re-acclimate, including job training, public cash assistance, and more.

Locations of centers in Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler County

There are several Salvation Army centers in the region. Call them for assistance, referrals, and other resources. The addresses are.

  • 414 Lake St., Elmira, call (607) 732-0314
  • 2502 Corning Rd, Elmira New York, telephone number is (607) 796-9005
  • 401 Division St., Elmira, (607) 734-0032
  • 95 Seneca St., Hornell, phone number (607) 324-1933
  • 380 W Washington St, Bath, New York, (607) 664-1338




By Jon McNamara

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