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Rent help in Jefferson County New York

Low income families, veterans, and military households in Jefferson County New York can get help with their rental expenses as well as other housing costs. Below is a list of charity organizations, government agencies, and even churches that provide financial help for paying back rent, homeless shelters, and other support.

Some of the agencies below help the disabled. Others provide housing assistance for members of the military (or their families) and veterans. But all will either offer direct rental assistance (or energy bill help) or give referrals. The assistance may come in the form of cash grants, no-interest loans, or other means.

The goal is to stop evictions. This means financial aid for paying rent is often combined with free legal advice, landlord tenant mediations, and even job programs. Find information on SSVF in Watertown, veteran grant programs to pay rent, rehousing, and much more.

Watertown Urban Mission - HEARTH
Office: 247 Factory Street
Watertown NY 13601
A number of housing programs are offered in Jefferson County. They give free case management services, money to pay first months rent or a security deposit, referrals to low income apartments, and government grants to help with back rent too. Referrals are needed from Department of Social Services. More on Watertown Urban Mission.

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County (CAPC)
518 Davidson Street
Watertown New York 13601
Main phone - 315-782-4900 x257
Anyone facing eviction or homeless can get emergency rent help. Or if the issue is a utility eviction, then money for utility bills. They refer clients to grant or loan programs for rental costs, job placement, credit repair, and more.

Legal Aid Society
Main office: 215 Washington St #202
Watertown, New York 13601
Phone: (315) 955-6700
Lawyers give free advice. They represent clients in housing court, support military members and others.




Jefferson County Department of Social Services - Temporary Assistance (TA)
250 Arsenal Street
Watertown, New York
For information, dial 315-785-3000
The state of New York cash assistance program (TA) offers temporary financial aid. The funds can be used to pay rent, buy food, pay for shelter, and other needs. It is an income maintenance program that is temporary in nature, but it can help pay rent, heating costs, and similar bills.

Rural Law Center of New York, Inc - Housing Services
Free legal aid addresses landlord/tenant issues. Lawyers work on homeless prevention and offer assistance. The goal is to find affordable housing for working poor families, help immigrants, the elderly, and vulnerable. Address is 22 United States Oval, Suite 203, Plattsburgh NY 12901. Phone 518-561-5460.

Catholic Charities of Jefferson County
145 Clinton Street, Suite 106
Watertown New York 13601
Only one all other options have been explored (charities, government, non-profits) may the Catholic Charity church help. The crisis programs gives money for paying rent. Or they offer free furniture, deposit assistance, cash loans, and other housing/rent/mortgage programs.

SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) assists low income Veterans, those returning from oversees and their families. It is also run by Catholic Charities. It offers outreach, case management, grants to pay rent or mortgages, and assistance obtaining VA benefits. There is also funds for utility or gas companies, moving and storage companies, rent for landlords, and more.

Disabled only - Individualized Support Services (ISS)
4 Commerce Lane
Canton NY 13617
They only help adults that are impacted by developmental disabilities. They can refer clients to grant programs for paying rent, placement into affordable supportive housing, and more. Phone - 315-379-9667.
Another place for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis is the Supported Housing Program in Jefferson County. The non-profit is known as Transitional Living Services of Northern New York (TLSNNY), address 482 Black River Parkway, Watertown New York 13601. Call 315-782-1777.





Salvation Army of Watertown and Jefferson County
Social service center is at 723 State Street
Watertown New York 13601
Everything from a soup kitchen for the homeless to referrals to rent and energy programs, job programs, and more.

Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County
Location is 120 Arcade Street
Watertown NY 13601
Call 315-782-1855
Homeless shelter/safety zone from people fleeing domestic violence. Women, single moms, and children can use the shelter, get legal support, and other help.


By Jon McNamara

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