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Oswego, Lewis, and Jefferson County rental assistance.

Families facing homeless can seek rent help in Jefferson, Oswego, or Lewis County. Any type of emergency financial aid for housing is combined with case management in order to help the family break a cycle of evictions and/or homelessness. The primary sources of grants, loans, and other funding for rental assistance are listed below.

Not only may an agency have some money for a portion of any back rent, but case managers also advocate on behalf of the working poor. All aspects of the crisis will be addressed as well. Whether it is unpaid utility bills which may lead to an eviction, or placement into long term section 8 housing as a subsidy, those may also be options in Jefferson or Oswego County.

In addition, low income families should ask for help before they have an eviction notice from their landlord. The earlier that a resident seeks housing or rental assistance then the more options they may have for finding a solution.

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County
Office address - 518 Davidson Street
Watertown, New York
Phone: 315-782-4900
Families that are considered working poor or in poverty can get information on state or federal grants for rent, low income housing, educational support, and applications to HEAP utility assistance.

Jefferson County and Watertown Housing Crisis Intervention
315-782-4900 x257
Programs range from emergency rent assistance to eviction help and funds for security deposits. Most applicants need to have a pay or quit notice or be homeless.

Jefferson County DSS - Department of Social Services
250 Arsenal Street
Watertown, New York
County residents can seek loans as a form of Rent Payment Assistance, Cash aid from TANF, and other government aid.




Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
Residents with HIV or AIDS can apply for housing. Support is provided in all counties, including  Lewis, Jefferson, and Oswego.

Solutions To End Homelessness of Lewis and Jefferson
Telephone: 315-376-2639
Financial aid is issued for rent, security deposits, and other housing needs. There is also furniture, placement into shelters, and other services.

Mental Health Association in Jefferson County
425 Washington Street
Watertown, NY
Apartments and short term housing is for residents with a mental illness as part of HUD Homeless Program.

Oswego County Mental Hygiene Division
100 Spring Street
Mexico, New York
Supported housing, funds for deposits or first months rent, subsidies and more is available for the disabled.

Snow Belt Housing Company
7500 South State Street
Lowville, NY
Telephone - 315-376-2639
Home Ownership Assistance provides grants for the purchase of a home.

Referrals to charities
Call (315) 251-1400
Qualified low income families can learn about low income apartments, one time rent help, and other non-profits in the region.




Legal Aid Society
Oswego, dial (315) 342-2191 or in Watertown call (315) 955-6700. Lawyers can offer free advice on housing or eviction matters to senior citizens and low income families.

Salvation Army Centers
In limited cases, the charity has social services or funds around housing, employment, rent, or energy costs. Oswego dial (315) 343-6491 or in Watertown New York call (315) 782-4470.


By Jon McNamara

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