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Assistance programs Madison County New York and Oneida

Low income families can get financial assistance from churches, charities, government agencies or non-profits in Oneida and across Madison County. Get help with rent or security deposits, grants to pay electric or utility bills, free groceries from local food pantries in Madison County, free debt reduction services, and even medical or dental care. Learn where to apply for help with those bills as well as how to get transportation support, job placement and training, and other support.

Housing, mortgage, utility bill and rent financial aid programs

If you need help, advice, or information on where to turn to for assistance in Madison County, contact the Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc. The agency runs several different programs for families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet in today’s difficult economy. They partner with many other local agencies and non-profits in the area. Find their services and contact information.

They offer a few different options for people who are struggling with paying their mortgage or rent. They are also a great place to turn to for housing advice.

  • Housing counseling – On site counselors can provide a listing of available rentals in the area, New York and federal government mortgage and foreclosure programs, and also provide referrals to Section 8 subsidies. Learn more on New York mortgage and foreclosure programs.
  • Financial assistance - They provide help with paying rent, utility bills and security deposits, and funds for heating bills that are based on total household income.
  • Homeless programs - Access to shelters and how to get back into housing. There are also loan programs for mortgages or rent and other services.
  • Government grants - There may be occasional funding from CAPMADCO for housing issues. Federal programs such as emergency solutions grant may be able to help pay back rent to stop evictions, part of a security deposit, or other housing expenses.




  • Debt counseling, income tax preparation, and financial literacy is available in Oneida and the county. Free voluntary income tax assistance (VITA) - Income qualified and people who file the Earned Income Tax Credit can get free tax preparation through a partnership between the community action agency, Madison County Department of Social Services and Colgate University.
  • Debt management - Struggling families and individuals can get advice from credit counselors. Access several different budget and credit counseling options. The programs are offered to all consumers. Also learn about such programs as debt consolidation loans. Click here.
  • Free food and grocery vouchers are part of the Community Action Program for Madison County resources. In addition to helping people apply for food stamps, the Madison agency also coordinates several county-wide food pantries which will provide up to three days of emergency food assistance for either individuals or families in need of another meal. They can also offer emergency grocery vouchers for those in need.
  • Energy, water, and heating bills - The community action agency can refer people to programs that provide help for paying heating and electric bills, water bill assistance, and other aid. Some programs are offered by utility companies, some by either New York or federal government programs.

To learn more about these programs, or other services, call the Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc. at (315) 684-7862. They can show you how to apply for help, and answer any questions you may have. For more information on resources and referrals from CAPMADCO, click Madison County Community Action.





Find a job and/or improve your career skills in Madison County

Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc. offers residents several ways to find a job, or to improve their careers so they can increase their income. The agency offers employment services that can help the unemployed get a job, keep their current job or find a better job. They accomplish this goal by offering the following.

  • Interviewing Skills, Advice and Tips
  • Resume Building and Improvement
  • Job search skills and advice
  • One-on-one Assistance and Counseling
  • How to find professional clothes and access programs

Transportation and automobile assistance programs

It is important that people have a car or adequate transportation to get to work. So the agency does is best to meet that goal. Contact community action at the numbers above.

They run a transportation assistance program that will help low income and qualified people maintain a vehicle. Assistance can be provided to help pay for car  repairs, insurance payments, registration, offer defensive driving courses, and provide gasoline vouchers. Find other ways to get free gasoline.

Another resource offered is Keys to Work. This is a an automobile purchase program that is supported by a U.S. Department of Labor grant and a partnership with Morrisville State College.

Additional non-profits in Madison County

Another of the leading organizations to call for help is Catholic Charities. This non-profit will assist people regardless of their religion, age or background. The main service they offer is known as the Community Assistance Program. It can offer limited financial assistance including free food, rent/utility bill help, free Christmas assistance, and clothing. There are several churches in Madison County that participate.





Children and students can receive summer meals, and Catholic Charities is a great place to turn to for referrals and counseling. They also partner with other local churches and organizations such as the United Way of Madison County New York. Call the charity for information and details on their services. More details.


By Jon McNamara

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