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Oneida County and Utica rental assistance.

Whether an Oneida County family needs emergency rent help, or if they need to be placed into a shelter or transitional housing unit, there are programs available. Several non-profits and charities in the county use donations from organizations such as the United Way or the federal government to help low income families with paying their rent and other housing needs.

The assistance is generally available from a few different places. Residents can seek help from a local community action agency, as they often have applications to grant programs for back rent. Another option is short term housing or even shelter, and charities may offer that. Last, but not least, legal aid may be available as a form of advice for tenants with a pay or quit notice. Or the lawyers can also provide free referrals or help people apply for security deposit programs, section 8 vouchers, and other housing programs.

Short term housing

JCTOD Outreach
Address: 26 Johnson Park
Utica, NY 13503
Primary phone number is 315-734-9608
The two main programs are Johnson Park Apartments, which are for homeless women, single parents, and even those with children.

  • Rescue Mission of Utica operates a shelter for men and the homeless at 212 Rutger St. Phone - (315) 735-1645.
  • YWCA is for women only. 1000 Cornelia St, Utica, New York, phone (315) 732-2159.

Sources of emergency rental assistance in Oneida County

Mohawk Valley (MVCAA)
Address: 1100 Miller St
Utica, NY 13501
Phone - Call 315-339-5640.
The community action agency known as MVCAA will combine case management with referrals. One resource available, Emergency Solution Grants, can help with housing needs ranging from rent to mortgages and security deposits on a new apartment. The Rome office is at 8163 Gore Rd, Rome, New York 13440, dial (315) 336-7183.




Social services
Address - 800 Park Ave
Utica, NY
(315) 798-5700
Security deposit help is available from Tenant Responsibility Agreements, provided the landlord and prospective renter agree to it. TANF clients can also apply for government grants and also get help locating affordable housing.

Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica
Address: 509 2nd St #1
Utica, New York 13501
Phone: (315) 735-5246
Information is available on section 8, public housing, loans for home buyers, and counseling services.

Rome Housing Authority
Address - 200 N Levitt St
Rome, NY
Telephone - (315) 337-4341
They offer low income apartments as part of Valentine and Colonioal, and also take section 8 rental subsidies.

Referrals to rental assistance
201 Lafayette Street
Utica, New York 13502
Phone – 1-844-342-5211
Callers can get suggestions up to 5 days per week. Information is on emergency rental assistance, foreclosure counseling, money for utility or security deposits, job placement, and much more.

Counseling and tenant support

Legal Aid Society of Oneida County
Main office is 255 Genesee St #2
Utica, NY 13501
Dial (315) 732-2131
Free legal aid on housing issues is for low income families and seniors.





Salvation Army
Rome New York – 315-336-4260
Utica NY office - (315) 735-6450
The Family Service Department offers advice with limited financial aid. Receive information on everything from supportive housing for the disabled to grants and low interest loans for paying bills or back rent.


By Jon McNamara

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