There are three main components of this program. They include Children's Car Seats, Wheels for Work, and Car Repairs. Qualified families can get free car seats for qualifying low to moderate income families with small children. In addition, if your car is not working and you need the means to get to work, car repairs are eligible for TANF eligible customers that alleviate transportation issues that put them at risk of losing their jobs. Last, but not least, the Wheels for Work program provides zero percent interest car loans for TANF eligible customers with transportation issues related to employment retention or if the client needs the car in order to find a job.
Money for utility and heating bills
The agency administers the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This program provides financial assistance for the payment of utility and heating bills for qualifying customers with a shutoff notice. So before your service is disconnected, ask for help and be sure to explore the options that are available to you.
The agency also run an on site food distribution center, or pantry. They will distribute supplemental meals and groceries to individuals and families that exhausted their food stamps allowance. They can help people with no other place to turn to. In addition, victims of a disaster and others that are referred by other service providers or charities are eligible for free food.
The above are just a few of the services offered. Call the Putnam/Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. at (914) 592-5600 to learn more or apply for help.