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Ontario County assistance programs

Emergency help for paying bills

Three local charities that can provide people with aid include the Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes ((315)789-2235), the Salvation Army ((585) 394-3531) and the St. Vincent DePaul Society (phone number 585) 394-3980). More information on those as well as other agencies is below.

St. Vincent DePaul of Canandaigua - This organizations runs several programs for people who need help.  Among many of the services they offer are vouchers for prescription medications which can help reduce the price of drugs that people need for their medical conditions. They also operate a food distribution center that provides food and groceries to hundreds of people per year. Also, people can pick up high quality, gently used clothing for work, school, or other needs.

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes - They help low income, elderly and other people get out of poverty, and assist them with getting back on their feet. They meet this goal by providing short term assistance, and access to programs for longer term self-sufficiency. For example, they can provide funds to help pay rent, heating and energy bills. At the same time they can help people find a job, provide counseling and referrals to other government programs. Several other resources are available in Ontario County New York as well, including emergency financial assistance. Click here.

Tenants who need rent help, or low income families that need security deposit assistance, can try various agencies that focus on tenants, eviction prevention, or rapid rehousing. There are options including free legal aid to stop an eviction in housing court, grants for paying back rent in a crisis, low income apartment/rent subsidies, loans and other options. Find details on rental assistance Ontario County.

Salvation Army - Many people may not realize it, but the Salvation Army is both a Social Service Agency and a church. They also provide people with crisis assistance. Some of the resources they can offer include rent/mortgage help, and money for electric and heating bills. They also provide free holiday as well as Christmas assistance and gifts. Another priority is on addressing housing issues, which will include homeless prevention, shelter, and transitional housing too. More Salvation Army assistance Ontario County.




Canandaigua Salvation Army centers are some of the leading non-profits to call for general information, referrals, and advice as well. Some programs are focused on senior citizens, and some on the unemployed. Learn about government aid such as food stamps and more. They can also refer people to New York foreclosure prevention programs. Read more.

Housing assistance, including rehousing for the low income as a form of homeless prevention, shelters and transitional apartments, can help Ontario County New York families. Assistance is also offered for the homeless. The programs provide a place to stay, case management, and help in locating and moving into a new home. More on transitional housing Ontario County.

Ontario County Action Program is a regional agency that supports nearby Wayne too. The community action agency and its case managers partner with struggling families, the low income, seniors, and others. Both emergency assistance and case management is provided.

Some of what is available includes weatherization and grants for paying heating bills from HEAP. Housing needs can be met from homeless prevention, funds for paying rent, section 8 vouchers and other more. they also have information on shelters and programs that can help with moving expenses. Ontario County families can also look into free food, job training, and other support. Click here.





Health care needs

Ontario County families can receive access to medical care from the Thompson Clinic. Dial 585-396-6980 to make an appointment. The Clinic helps people of all income and means. The facility was formed from the result of a partnership between Thompson Health, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, and Canandaigua Churches in Action.

The Thompson Clinic provides medical care, access to prescription medications and treatment for individuals who are underinsured, uninsured or who lack a medical care provider. Many of the services are free, and some may be provided with a nominal charge, depending out what someone can afford to pay.

Free legal help and eviction prevention services

Legal Assistance of Western NY Inc. (phone number (315) 781-1465) is a non-profit law firm that has as its goal providing equal access to attorneys for all, whether you can forward one or not. They offer a variety of legal programs for civic (non-criminal) cases. For example, receive legal help to prevent an eviction, deal with housing issues such as landlord/tenant concerns, and other domestic issues. Click here for more information on NY legal programs.

Ontario County employment development

If you need help finding a job, or developing new skills, Action for a Better Community, Inc. is the community action agency that covers Ontario County New York. They partner with several local organizations and charities that run the programs. Call them at (585) 295-1825.

Energy conservation

You can save money on your heating and energy bills from programs run by Energy Conservation Program (ECP) ((585) 442-4160). Some of the services offered, most of which are free, include heating unit or furnace repair or replacement, weather stripping, insulation, roof repairs, new windows, and even emergency assistance for paying utility bills. The Energy Conservation Program works with local families and individuals to ensure that all measures are being taken to properly weatherize homes, help people save energy, and also ensure peak efficiency of heating units for income eligible families and others.

By Jon McNamara













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