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Assistance programs in Onondaga County and Syracuse.

Get grant money to pay electric bills or housing costs, free food, and immediate financial help in Onondaga County. Low-income families, seniors or single moms will get free stuff or assistance from charities, churches and government agencies. Find financial help near your area of Syracuse NY and Onondaga County.

The non-organizations will also help them become self-sufficient by offering free job training, gas money, car repairs and more. In addition to financial help, there is free stuff available in both the county and city of Syracuse. Get applications to Christmas assistance programs, free winter clothes or school supplies for kids. Or locate free medical care and benefits for families living in poverty.

Emergency financial help for bills and free items for low-income in Syracuse area

A leading agency to turn to for help is Catholic Charities of Onondaga County. This organization runs the Emergency Assistance Services program which helps families, single mothers, immigrants and individuals address an immediate crisis. There are free food vouchers, grant programs, money to pay bills such as power or rent as well as other financial assistance. There are also holiday programs for kids and the working poor, including Christmas assistance programs.

  • In addition the Catholic Charities in Syracuse can help people develop new skills and resources to prevent its recurrence, which will help people get back on their feet. Long term stability is a focus of Catholic Charities in Onondaga County, including around housing and employment.
  • Applications are processed to the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). This will help vets in Onondaga County that are homeless, facing eviction or utility disconnect. There is government grant money as well as free hotel rooms, hardship funds and other support.

Many other services are offered. The address is 1654 W Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13204. Call 315-424-1800. Click here for more details on Catholic Charities in Onondaga County.

Energy, utility and heating bill help is available from government grants. The crisis HEAP program is for emergencies. Not only can it pay heating bills, including gas, oil, propane, electric and more, but it can also help with AC expenses too. More on LIHEAP emergency crisis assistance program.

 

 

 

  • When not qualified for HEAP, get heating and utility bill help from the Care and Share Program . The energy assistance program offers home energy bill assistance to Syracuse and Onondaga County NY families who meet eligibility guidelines. The applicant must receive disability income or have a medical emergency and NOT eligible for HEAP. Applicants can also be at least 60 years of age or have someone living in your home who is at least 60 years of age. Call 315-470-3352 (in Syracuse region) or dial 315-696-8203 (southern parts of the county such as Tully). The program does pays for any kind of fuel and heating source, including gas, electric, wood, propane, coal, and even heating oil.

Another non-profit to turn to is the Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services as well as centers in Onondaga County. They operate the Emergency and Practical Assistance Services program. The Christian charity will helps families and individuals, including homeless people or veterans, who are faced with a crisis. It provides them with free basic needs (food, clothes, gas cards) and hardship funds. There is money for housing, free food boxes, clothing, funds for heating bills and the essentials of daily living.

  • In addition, the program offers information on other New York and Onondaga County programs. There are also free furniture as well as school supply services and Christmas toys from Angel Tree. Kids from grades K to 12 will get sneakers, uniforms, backpacks and more. Call the agency at 315-475-1688. Or get more information on Syracuse Salvation Army assistance programs.

The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) operates an assistance program, with all applications in Spanish too as well as for migrants / immigrants This service provides referrals, information, and linkage to emergency assistance with bills and expenses. Housing, shelter, bus passes and more are available.

  • The non-profit supports Latino population in Onondaga County and Syracuse New York. One of the main resources offered is the Housing Services Program. This can help with low income, affordable homes and apartments in the region
  • The non-profit will assist people who are facing a short term hardship. They also help with application to low income housing/rent subsidies, housing discrimination legal aid and other services. For example, learn about New York foreclosure settlement programs.

 

 

 

 

The League also offers clients information on free food, rent help, funds to pay security deposits, and referral to other New York as well as federal government programs to people  in crisis. Address is 700 Oswego Street, Syracuse NY 13204. Call 315-466-6608 or (315) 475-6153 for information.

Helpline - This is a referral service in Onondaga County. There will not be direct aid provided, but callers can learn about government grants or assistance programs for paying bills. They help single mothers or fathers as well as kids from families in poverty. Get help with moving costs or security deposits, heating costs or rent. Or get referrals to food pantries, low income apartments, free debt management plans, or clinics in the region.

  • A significant amount of information can also be provided by the Helpline staff to help a low income family or maybe a senior apply for disability or benefits such as food stamps. Or learn about local credit unions in Syracuse for low income loans. This is a free resource for the community, and find information on Onondaga County Helpline.

Financial help Onondaga CountyOnondaga County Department of Social Services - This is the government organization that can help the low income, unemployed, and struggling families navigate and apply for cash assistance as well as social services. Programs from DSS can provide free food, funds for utility bills, medical care, and help for other basic needs like rent. There are SNAP applications, free insurance from Medicaid and senior care too. Get information on Onondaga County public assistance.

Tenants facing eviction can get rent help. Many organizations listed can provide short term housing, funds to pay a security deposit and/or rent assistance. A main goal is to stop homelessness. Find additional rental assistance in Syracuse and and Onondaga County.

  • Eviction, rehousing, and homeless assistance - Working with local charities and a national alliance, tenants with a pay or quit notice may receive financial help. There are also grants for paying water, heating, or utility bills if a shut off is imminent. The goal is to stop evictions in the Onondaga County area, especially for families with children, the disabled, or seniors. Continue with homeless prevention in Syracuse area.
     
  • Mercy Housing is also a focus for seniors and the disabled. There are income based apartments, transitional homes, and rent subsidies offered to the working poor. Find Mercy House locations.

Onondaga County Home Energy assists with utility bills. Energy bill assistance from the County HELP is offered. The government may be offered to very low income families, seniors, and the disabled from HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Programs). One of the main intake sites can be reached at 315-435-8295.

First Baptist Church has a free Clothing Ministry and furniture bank at 30 Clinton Street, Jordan NY 13080. There is also food and other support. Get free baby stuff, personal hygiene items, furniture, clothes for adults or kids, small appliances, and kitchenware as well. Call (315) 746-7641 or 315-689-6560.

 

 

 

Onondaga County Department of Aging can direct clients to heating bill assistance programs. In addition to that, they also offer a number of resources for seniors. Examples can include home delivered meals, information on Medicare and housing solutions, applications for HEAP, referrals and more.

  • There are also Medicare benefits and applications to free government money for seniors over the age of 60 in Syracuse. The office is at 421 Montgomery St 10th fl, Syracuse, NY 13202. Call 315- 435-2362, or more information on Onondaga County Aging Services.

Huntington Family Centers, Inc. runs the Emergency Services program. This can help families and individuals in need of clothing, food, housing and other aid. Or get free winter coats, boots, socks, and items for adults or kids. Self-sufficiency is offered too. Location is 405 Gifford St, Syracuse, NY 13204, call (315) 476-3157.

Syracuse Northeast Community Center - They administer an assistance program known as the Basic Needs Assistance. This resource provides a food pantry and diaper bank, and information and referral to government programs and other Syracuse and Onondaga non-profits to people and families who need help. Location is 716 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203-2924, Telephone (315) 472-6343

Vera House, Inc. operates a local Emergency Shelter Program. This is for victims of domestic and family violence, including women, children and men. Housing may be offered for those who are homeless and in crisis. Address is 6181 Thompson Rd #100, Syracuse, New York 13206, call (315) 422-7273.

Free legal aid, lawyers and pro-bono assistance is offered. Legal Services of CNY is based at 221 S Warren St #300, Syracuse, NY 13202. Clients can receive everything from help stopping a foreclosure, to assistance with debt collectors, family law, divorces, and help with an eviction. Lawyers offer free consults online or in person, or learn how attorneys can settle debt. Call (315) 703-6500.

Consumer Credit Counseling - This non-profit credit counseling firm helps with debts, loans, and past due mortgages. The non-profit is at  5794 Widewaters Pkwy, Syracuse, NY 13214. Get free debt counseling, payment negotiation and alternatives to personal bankruptcy. Also access free, HUD approved foreclosure prevention, housing counseling, financial education, credit building and repair. Call (315) 313-6401

Free stuff for low-income families in Onondaga County

Assistance from free clothing closets, furniture banks and thrift stores is available for both low or moderate income families. Families living in poverty or that are struggling may qualify for free items, even including school supplies, household furniture, appliances or work clothes. Others may shop for furniture and household goods at a reduced price, or receive a voucher. Learn more on free clothing centers, furniture and school supplies in Onondaga County.

  • Baby supplies are also given out new, low-income parents or single mothers. There are clothes, cribs, sample products, diapers and other items, including sent in the mail by charities or non-profits. Locate free newborn stuff by mail.

Free holiday help - While the focus in Onondaga County is mostly on assisting children and seniors at Christmas with meals or free toys, there may also be other programs such as at Thanksgiving. Locate the main charities and organizations for presents, hot meals, and other help. More on Onondaga County free Christmas assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onondaga County free food assistance

Three local charities and non-profits to turn to for free food include the following. All of these agencies can help families and individuals in need of access to food and clothing. It will allow these people the ability to live with the highest degree of independence and self-sufficiency.

  • Assumption Church - This center provides bagged lunches twice a day. Location is 812 N Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13208. Call (315) 422-4833
  • P.E.A.C.E., Inc. Eastside Family Resource Center  - A food bank and soup kitchen is at 202 S Beech St, Syracuse, NY 13210. Dial (315) 470-3325
  • Rescue Mission Alliance - Helps the homeless, unemployed and poor. Free groceries, hot meals, dairy, formula and more is from 155 Gifford St, Syracuse, NY 13202. Call (315) 472-6251
  • Samaritan Center, Inc. - The charity is at 215 N State St, Syracuse, NY 13203. Call (315) 472-0650
  • InterReligious Food Consortium - Emergency food supplies and groceries are available at agencies and churches. Callers will be connected with a food pantry in their neighborhood. 474-8855
  • Huntington Family Centers (phone (315) 476-3157

There are many other food pantries in the county, and some also operate clothing closets or thrift stores for clients. Free groceries, holiday meals or gifts, and other support is provided. Find Onondaga County free food pantries;

Food Bank of Central New York may include free meal sites, food stamps, pantries, supplemental nutrition and pre-paid vouchers. Qualified low income and working poor families may be issued a voucher to help pay for their groceries. For information on options and how to get a meal or food, or even pet food in Onondaga County, call the Central New York food bank at 315-437-1899 or Social Services at 435-2935.

Samaritan Hot Meal Program can provide free hot, healthy, and nutritious meals to anyone in need. The non-profit organization and their Hot Meal program was created in order to combat hunger with another benefit of addressing self-sufficiency. Staff and volunteers can also offer information/referral services too. The location is 310 Montgomery St, Syracuse, New York 13202. Call (315) 472-0650.

Community Action Programs

There is a community action agency as well as referral service, including the United Way, in Syracuse NY. All of the referrals and information is free. Get details on several financial assistance programs for Syracuse and Onondaga County families. Find out more information on them, as well as who to contact below, along with details on other programs.

  • Debt elimination and credit repair - Counselors will work one on one with consumers in order to help people with low to moderate income or who may be drowning in debt. They try to help them make educated decisions about their money and spending habits. Counselors can also help with credit repair, reducing credit card debt, provide one-on-one budget counseling, and even advice on mortgage programs.
     
  • File income taxes - Volunteers will work closely with and help people with low to moderate income receive the largest tax credits and refunds they are entitled to. There is a free VITA service and tax preparation for the elderly. Well trained volunteers will help them access all eligible tax credits as refunds are filed.

 

 

 

  • Employment skills - Counselors from non-profits such as community action. can help people find a job. The Connect2Work program can help people learn how to interview well, provide computer skills and access to the Internet, help job candidates solve problems and improve communication skills. All of these services are provided in order to help people get back on their feet.
     
  • Weatherization Assistance - The community action agency runs this federal government funded program. It is free to qualified families, and homeowners can save hundreds of dollars on their heating and utility bills every year. The program installs free energy conserving updates to people homes, such as insulation and new windows.
     
  • Food Programs - Several free food as well as distribution centers are located around Onondaga County that people can stop by at to receive free food and other household supplies.
     
  • Job Placement - Non-profits, such as Community Action, works with government centers, companies, and charities to help people find work. There are also many gig jobs for extra income.

Call for details on local resources. Or click here for details on Syracuse NY area and Onondaga County community action assistance programs.

 

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