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Franklin County New York assistance programs.

In a crisis, struggling families and others can get assistance. Whether it is a grant to pay heating bills or back rent, a free box of food from a pantry, home repairs, or something else, there is help. Find the churches, charities, and social service offices to apply at below. Everything from emergency financial aid to free dental care, credit counseling, and even medical services may be offered.

Franklin County Department of Social Services - This government run agency is one of the leading sources of financial aid. Specifically, they run the Regular HEAP program, which helps the low income with financial assistance for the payment of the primary fuel source and energy bills. Emergency HEAP can help in a crisis, and support is offered to help low to moderate income individuals or families who are facing a heat or heat-related energy emergency (such as a disconnection or running out of fuel) and do not have resources to resolve the situation.

The county can also offer other support, whether cash loans, TANF assistance, information on affordable housing, and much more. Last, but not least, Furnace Repair/Replacement HEAP helps low income homeowners, the elderly and working poor repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components. Malone New York. 518-481-1876.

Adirondack Community Action Program. Administers a number of financial assistance programs which provide help with bills, rent, and food to individuals and families with basic needs. Services and resources are offered during an emergency or crisis situation. To continue, services include emergency free food, and utility or heating bill or rent payment assistance. 518-873-3207

JCEO of Franklin Counties, Inc. runs the following programs. They are also a great place to call for information on government programs and other resources.

Rent, Housing and Eviction Prevention Assistance - Financial help is offered for families facing eviction and/or homelessness. If you are in this type of crisis, families are provided with information, advocacy and referrals to appropriate non-profit agencies, government programs and community resources. Budgeting and debt reduction assistance is offered to promote self-reliance and prevent future crisis. In addition, funds and grants for paying for emergency utility assistance, rent or security deposits are provided on a case by case basis, but do need to be repaid in the long term. Read more on rent assistance.




Food Pantries - Get access to free nutritious staple foods such as pasta, breads, canned goods, vegetables and much more.

Medical Care - The agency runs the Child Health Plus/Family Health Plus/Medicaid. They can direct people to these programs and how to get health insurance.

Child Care - The community action agency can refer people to low cost or free day care and child care. An extensive data base is used with numerous programs and options.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - Save money on heating and energy bills. After an intensive free energy audit offered to the homeowner as part of the program, the services provided may include: air sealing, repairs to heating systems, distribution system repair, ventilation, insulation, replacement of cracked or beyond repair windows and doors, refrigerators, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke alarms. All services are offered at no cost.

Head Start - Offered for children. Gain access to social services, health, education, nutrition, and education programs.

Foreclosure prevention and mortgage programs - Community action agencies are always a great place to call for information on free foreclosure and housing counseling programs. They know of many New York specific mortgage and debt reduction resources. More on New York mortgage assistance programs.

Call JCEO of Franklin Counties, Inc. at (518) 561-6310 to learn about the programs listed above or other options. Find details on Joint Council of Franklin County community action.





Constable Food Pantry (phone number 518-483-2288) has a clothing bank and also provides a package of free food or groceries, twice a month, to low income individuals and families in the local community of Franklin New York.

Adirondack Medical Center - This non-profit clinic provides various site clinics across the region, including in Malone and Franklin County, with access to free primary medical care for patients in local communities. Call 518-891-4141

Bellmont Food Pantry, which is located in Malone NY (phone 518-483-1855), offers a food package to the needy in the area.

Salvation Army programs can help seniors and the less fortunate. While the local center has limited resources, they can usually offer referrals or information on services in the Franklin County region. Some of resources in highest demand include utility, heating bill, and rental assistance.

The center and free food pantries in the Malone New York region may also pass out free food, holiday meals, and Christmas assistance, such as toys and items from the Angel Tree program. Winter coats and attire for children can also be provided from Salvation Army thrift stores and clothing closets. Or try the Salvation Army for free school supplies, shoes, notebooks, and related items. More on Franklin County NY area Salvation Army assistance programs.

By Jon McNamara

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