Nassau County New York assistance programs.

Grants, free food, clothes, housing assistance and other financial help is available in Nassau County Long Island. Find how to get help with paying bills including rent, mortgage payments, utilities, security deposits and even transportation expenses for work. Low income families, immigrants, and others can get help from charities, non-profits, and government organizations.

Get help with housing and rental assistance

The County has received a $7 million grant from the federal government that will be used to provide rental assistance, counseling, housing relocation, and stabilization services for individuals and families who are struggling and need help in this weak economy.

The funds are being provided as a result of the stimulus program, and the HUD program is providing the funds. The program is known as the Nassau County Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) and are targeted at individuals and families who are at risk of being evicted, becoming homeless, or who may be homeless today. The primary goal of the assistance program is to help people obtain long term housing and to also be able to maintain that housing once assistance being provided to them ends.

There are a few main components of the program, and they include.

  • Prevention: This step provides the necessary support and resources that will keep people in their homes, prevent evictions, and to prevent homelessness. Some measures such as case management, financial assistance, eviction prevention, and housing stabilization are offered.
  • Diversion: This will help prevent homelessness for those who are applying for emergency shelter or aid. Some approaches here include helping people to get back into housing they have just left, use mediation to allow alternatives to eviction, and also using financial incentives.
  • Rapid Re-housing, which is offered for those who have already become homeless. the program wants to get them back into a home by using any combination of financial assistance, case management, housing location, grants, and stabilization services.





  • Counseling: Credit counseling, budgeting skills, and other programs to help people get back on their feet over the long term will be provided. For example, find how to get credit card help.

The Nassau County HPRP offers case management services and direct financial assistance. Housing-related services provided include a variety of services and supports such as short-term (3 months) or medium-term (18 months maximum) rental assistance. however, it is required that applicants get re-certified every 3 months to verify the continued need for this housing assistance, legal services, credit counseling, mediation, help with security or utility deposits, funds for moving cost, utility/rent arrears payments, storage costs (up to 3 months offered) and case management. Note that all financial assistance and money provided by Nassau county and the program is payable directly to third-party vendors such as the landlord or utility company, and no cash assistance is given directly to the program participants or individual in need.

There are some criteria that need to be met to get aid. Eligible recipients of HPRP funding includes families and individuals who have children with incomes at or below 50% of the area medium income, which is currently set at a level of $101,800 for a family of four. In addition, the applicant can’t have other appropriate housing options identified. Also, aid will be provided only to those who have sufficient resources and support networks to maintain existing housing after the 18-month period of assistance ends. Therefore future affordability and initiative by the program participant is a key component of program eligibility for the HPRP funds and those who receive aid must be financially independent and able to maintain their residence within the 18 month time frame allowed by the program. So the program will not provide funds indefinitely, and people need to be in position to get back on track once the aid ends.

Contact the Office of Housing & Homeless Service/Nassau County Homeownership Center which is located at 40 Main Street, Hempstead, NY. Phone 516-572-1900

Free foreclosure legal counseling

In order to help Nassau homeowners who may be caught in the growing mortgage foreclosure crisis that is hitting the nation, volunteer attorneys are available to answer residents questions. The counseling is free, and attorneys can answer questions at free foreclosure clinics that are sponsored by the Nassau County Bar Association.




Hundreds of attorneys have volunteered to provide one-on-one counseling, guidance, advice, referrals and direction to any Nassau County homeowner who is behind on their mortgage payments, who may be concerned about foreclosure matters. Assistance can even be provided to people who are already in the foreclosure process. More information can be received, and reservations made, by calling the Bar Association at 516-747-4070 between 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Since launching the free foreclosure clinics last spring, volunteer attorneys have helped hundreds of homeowners with individual foreclosure issues, they have provided advice, helped people sort out financial issues, or the attorneys have referred homeowners to other non-profit agencies and/or government programs, Note that the attorneys do not provide legal representation, but instead they will help homeowners find out if indeed, they need a credit counselor, debt assistance or maybe even a lawyer, and get them in touch with available resources. Or find additional ways to get foreclosure help.

These clinics provide an opportunity for people to meet with an attorney. In addition to this, housing and mortgage counselors from the Nassau County Homeownership Center and representatives from Nassau/Suffolk Law Services - which provides free legal services for those, can be contacted and provide additional support if needed.

Additional firms and agencies that provide foreclosure prevention and counseling include Nassau Law Services Committee of Hempstead New York. Call (631)232-2400.

Or if none of the resources above can help you, locate more Nassau County foreclosure prevention agencies and specialists.

Emergency financial assistance for bills, rent, mortgage, and more in Nassau

Society of St. Vincent De Paul, which is located in Bethpage and serves Nassau County and can be reached at (516)822-3132. The agency provides financial assistance and cash grants to those residents who in trouble or who are behind in bill payments. In addition, the non-profit will work with other agencies if more help is needed. They also administer the federal government EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) and may be able to distribute funds for rent or mortgage payments or utility / heating bills. Several other programs are available, including clothing, transportation assistance and more. Click here.





Nassau County Catholic Charities ((516)733-7000) runs several programs for the disadvantaged and low income in the area. They also partner with other churches and charities. Some of the services they offer include dental care (on a sliding fee scale), rent and mortgage funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, housing services, and a variety of senior citizen programs. Food is always in high demand, especially around the holidays and by seniors. So meals and perishable items may be distributed. More Nassau County Catholic Charities assistance.

St. Peter Of Alcantara Parish Outreach Center – For those low income or unemployed families that were denied help from the Department of Social Services, then some emergency assistance may be available. The church can have funds for expenses such as rent payments, housing, and needs such as food. Other assistance or loans may be issued for paying security deposits or get referrals to clinics and public aid. The location is 1327 Port Washington Blvd.

Long Beach Breast Cancer Coalition will only have assistance for income qualified women undergoing treatment for cancer. The non-profit will offer assistance for paying heating bills, rent, or mortgage. Other services can include transportation and house cleaning, among others. Call (516)897-1344 for information.

The Salvation Army Westbury Corps provides qualified individuals with direct family assistance in the areas of emergency food, rent payments, mortgage help, utility and heating bills, food and clothing. Dial (516)338-7265. Several other locations are in Nassau County and Long Island New York, and the Salvation Army programs offered will vary by location. In addition to the emergency financial aid, other resources may include Christmas assistance, winter coats, school supplies, senior housing, and even medications. Of course social workers can also provide referrals, and services such as credit counseling and budgeting. Read more Salvation Army Long Island assistance.

The local community action agency is the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc. Programs are focused on the low income and families facing poverty. Assistance is available to help them overcome their challenges. Among other things, the agency provides job training, education, employment, healthcare and affordable and safe housing.

The main federal early childhood development program is Head Start. This provides a wide variety of services to preschoolers and their families. Some of what may be provided includes snacks, food, nutrition, health care, social services, and psychological/speech therapy.

The Economic Opportunity Commission Displaced Homemakers Program helps people work towards self-sufficiency and provides counseling, placement, and support services they need to obtain employment. It offers employment services to clients who are seeking assistance with employment and job readiness.

Services include interviewing techniques, resume writing, information from a job bank, and practice interviews. Displaced Homemakers includes Nassau County women who are separated, widowed, divorced, victims of domestic violence, or a woman whose husband has become disabled or a mother who is receiving public assistance and is reaching the limit of their cash grant.

Additional employment services are offered as part of Career Paths TANF Employment Services (CPTE). It is an option for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Safety Net Family recipients. Participants of this employment service will gain valuable and marketable skills as well as acceptable work habits. The goal is to get them into a stable job and on a career path.

A number of other assistance programs and resources are available. Some examples include Dress for Success, Financial Literacy Program, GED classes, Thanksgiving Traditional Dinner Distribution, and Christmas & Holiday Activities. Some other basic needs can be served by the Nassau County Neighborhood Food Pantry, Unemployment Assistance & Referrals, and general Outreach.





The Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County is based at 134 Jackson Street, Hempstead, NY 11550-2484. Phone (516) 292-9710. Or read more.

Parish Outreach of Nassau and Food Pantry of Westbury New York ((516)997-5507) operates a food pantry. They also offer needs assessment and referrals to a number of services. Clients can get information on employment counseling and job referral (including a domestic employment program) or immigration counseling. There may be financial assistance with paying heating bills, rent, utility and other emergency costs.

The Outreach Service will try to address financial needs by giving referrals for medical care for the uninsured and assistance with providing free prescription medications as well. More on Nassau County Parish Outreach assistance programs.

St. Brigid's Parish – They offer an extensive emergency food pantry and program that helps hundreds. Also meet with a case worker for needs assessment and referrals to jobs and career development. Families expecting the birth of a child may qualify for financial assistance with rent, utility, medications and other emergency financial needs. They can also give out referrals for medical care for the uninsured and low income as well as assistance with prescription medications. 50 Post Avenue, Westbury, New York, 11590, (516)997-5507

Options For Community Living, Inc. - AIDS or HIV patients, as well as their families, can access housing. The agency can also provide case management and assistance with rent, heating bills and utilities. 1 Helen Keller Way; Suite 402, Hempstead, NY 11550, (516)481-6300

Clothing and thrift stores - Families, children, the unemployed and others in Nassau County New York can receive a number of free items from clothing closets, churches, charities, and other locations. Some non-profits will offer vouchers for these goods, while others will distribute them on site. The centers may offer winter coats, holiday assistance, school supplies, and other items to the needy. Read more Nassau County clothing closets.

Nassau County Department Of Social Services Financial Assistance And Support Services - Temporary Assistance – A number of assistance programs are offered, including help with energy bills. Other services include electric, Gas, and Heating Payment Assistance, Food Stamps, Insurance, and referrals to state of New York and federal government assistance programs. 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale, New York 11553-2636, (516)227-8519

Heating bill in Nassau County - Whether you need help in saving money on your gas and energy bills, financial assistance for paying them, or if your furnace needs repair, then low income families have several programs available to them. Both private and government grants and programs can help with wintertime expenses. Click here for more details.

Social services - The county offers resources to residents who are faced with a crisis. Several different programs are administered to provide short term financial help to families with children, single adults, seniors and others. Grants for paying bills, housing, and other needs are provided by a number of government and public assistance programs. Learn more.





LIPA –Seniors can apply for assistance. Funds can assist with paying their electric energy bills. Provides a onetime only credit of $200 through this special program established by the nonprofit  LIPA. 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale, New York 11553, phone (800)490-0025

Nassau Urban League - Operating across a wide area, the non-profit focuses on education, employment, and housing concerns. They provide everything from help to seniors through Project HOPE to free eviction prevention and/or foreclosure advice. Other services include Financial Empowerment, information on credit counseling, and in some cases, the agency has referrals to government grants for housing or rent needs. Read more Urban League Long Island programs.

St. Paul the Apostle partners with non-profits such as the United Way and their emergency grant program. The church may have limited amount of financial aid or loans available to pay for rent, a partial mortgage payment, and more. They will have other eviction prevention resources, such as funds for an energy bill. Intake is required. 2534 Cedar Swamp Road, Brookville, New York 11545, (516)822-3132

St. Patrick Church – Limited resources or referrals are available. This can include free food, rent help, hot meals, clothing, and other outreach services. They work with Catholic Charities organization on this. A thrift store and food pantry are available in Nassau County. Address is 235 Glen Street, Glen Cove, New York 11542, (516)733-7045

The parishes below also can offer help for paying bills and other support. Call (516)733-7045 to get more information on the services in Nassau County.

  • St. Mary's-Roslyn Parish Outreach Center, 110 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn, NY 11576, telephone (516)733-7045
  • St. Rose of Lima Parish Outreach Center is another partner agency that may have financial support. 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
  • St. William the Abbot Parish Outreach Center, 2000 Jackson Avenue, Seaford, New York 11783
  • St. Raphael Parish Outreach Center-East Meadow, 600 Newbridge Road, East Meadow, NY 111554
  • There many be other churches that offer support in Nassau County. Learn more.

Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance, Inc. – Some of the services offered include housing and rental programs to Bellport and East Patchogue residents. Other assistance programs administered include a Senior Program, clothing program and Second Chance Program. Housing programs provide information on foreclosure counseling, reverse mortgages, landlord mediation, first time home buying, tenants and landlord rights and mortgage counseling. In addition, if faced with a crisis, funds and grants may be available to assist with the payment of utilities, rent, and mortgages. (631)286-9236

North Hempstead Town Housing Authority offer vouchers for paying rent. The assistance is available to qualified low income individuals and families. The programs available will be able to provide partial rent payments to participating landlords in Nassau County New York. This non-profit primarily serves qualified residents of North Hempstead. Pond Hill Road, Great Neck, NY 11020, telephone (516)627-6433

Low income and short term housing programs can assist residents facing eviction or those that are homeless and need a place to live. Several agencies run transitional housing type programs which also provide case management and referrals. So Nassau County families can receive information on where to apply for security deposit assistance, help with job searches, and much more, all in addition to the housing. More details.

The federal government may occasionally provide grants as part of an emergency assistance program. The funds can be used to pay rent or make mortgage payments. One-time emergency grants may be offered until the program runs out, which will happen. The churches below are part of Catholic Charities, which is one of the leading application sites. They work with the United Way and other organizations on Long Island. Call (516)733-7045, or some of the churches involved are below.

  • Holy Family Parish Outreach Center, 5 Fordham Avenue, Hicksville, New York 11801-6299
  • Holy Spirit Parish Outreach Center, New Hyde Park, 16 South 6th Street, New Hyde Park, NY 11040, call (516)733-7045
  • Lady Of Fatima Parish, 6 Cottonwood Road, Port Washington, New York 11050, telephone (516)733-7045




Nassau agencies and program that focus on rent help - The county is supported by a number of charities, non-profits, churches, and organizations that focus on offering emergency rental assistance and preventing homelessness. There is often a waiting list, but funds are available from time to time. Find list of Nassau County rent assistance agencies.

Christmas and other holiday programs - Low income Nassau County residents can receive help at Easter, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas. Some of what may be available includes gifts, clothes, meals, Turkeys, gift baskets, and companionship for the homebound. Many of the Christmas resources are provided at no cost. More on free holiday programs in Nassau County.

United Way Project Warmth can help low income customers with paying their heating and energy bills if they are out of options. This is a program of last resort and the non-profit may have some funds to pay bills in a crisis. The applicant needs to be facing some type of crisis or financial hardship that is out of their control. While resources are limited, Project Warmth can assist Nassau County families that need heat during the cold winter months. More.

Federal Government Emergency Food and Shelter Program

This is funded by the federal government, and it can provide rent, housing, and mortgage assistance. In addition to the two agencies noted above, other places that may be able to distribute the funds include the Hempstead  based Long Island Council of Churches (phone (516)565-0290) and the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc. Dial (516)292-9710.

Food, advice and information on local assistance programs

The Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc. offers low income, the working poor, unemployed numerous ways to get help. The agency provides support services and resources for basic needs and advocacy to low income residents of Nassau. They also provide information, referrals, transportation and emergency assistance. They also fund Community Action Programs in Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Lakeview, Roosevelt. Also offers Job Readiness/Job Placement, Summer Youth Programs, and Head Start Child Development. Call (516)292-9710.

Parish Outreach and Food Pantry (phone (516)997-5507) operates an on site food pantry that helps hundreds of families. They also offer needs assessment, information on government programs and referrals employment counseling and job referral (including a domestic employment program). Also a New Baby Program is available that is offering layette gifts to families anticipating the birth of a child assistance with rent, utility and heating bill and other emergency financial needs referrals for medical and health care for the uninsured and assistance with prescription medications and drugs.

Debt reduction, credit counseling, and bankruptcy advice

Debt Reduction Services (phone (631)473-7500) is a non-profit firm that provides Nassau County individuals with debt assistance regarding foreclosure advice, debt reduction, bankruptcy and debt analysis, negotiation, consolidation, educational programs and free consultations. Bohemia NY. (631)473-7500.





Family and Children’s Association - Call them for information, as they may be able to offer counseling on budgeting and money management, debt reduction and settlement programs, mortgage delinquencies, and consumer debt elimination tactics. Roosevelt New York. (516)485-3425

Food banks, clothing, and other non-financial aid

Word of Life Ministries of Freeport - Operates a free food pantry and provides free clothing to persons in need. Phone (516)546-2883.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Glen Cove New York (dial (516)676-1340) provides food and clothing for those in need of help.

First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury - The center operates a food pantry for those who do not have sufficient funds and the financial means to feed their family. The center will distribute food to families who are sick and shut-in and operates a Soup Kitchen for the needy. Call (516)333-5422

EOC of Nassau County, Inc. - This is the local community action agency, and they provides clothing bin, emergency food pantry, information on government and financial assistance programs, counseling, social service advocacy. Call (516)676-4793

A number of other churches, pantries, and charity organizations distribute food, groceries, and meals to people who need help. Find the phone numbers and addresses of more Nassau food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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