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Assistance programs Rensselaer County.

Get financial help Rensselaer County, including free government grant money, rent payment assistance, funds for utility bills and more. Low-income families, seniors and the disabled will also get free items, including food, gas vouchers and seasonal support. Locate financial assistance near you in Troy and Rensselaer County.

Resources are provided by charities, churches, and government social services. Grant money is combined with debt relief, including for a car loan or mortgage. Or get access to a free lawyer, seasonal help including free school supplies or Christmas toys in Troy and more.

Financial assistance for bills, housing, and social services in Troy NY area

Joseph’s House is a local nonprofit organization that provides local residents with help for paying bills, rent, and more. Some of the programs offered are below.

  • Get help with rent. Most year, the charity has money to provide short term rent assistance, help with utility bills, and even credit repair and counseling. The funds are being provided from the federal government Homelessness Prevention Fund.
  • Outreach Legal Services. Lawyers from the Legal Aid Society will provide free legal services that may be needed by people facing eviction or the homeless. It is targeted towards high risk adults and families in order to access and succeed in permanent housing. As part of this program, transportation, case coordination, and legal representation are provided under the Federally funded program.
  • Help with medical bills and free health care. There is a medical clinic at Joseph’s House that has been open for over 10 years. The Clinic is fully and professionally staffed by volunteer nurse-practitioners associated with RussellSage College. The staff at the Center also advocate for the working poor and households in Troy that are struggling. They give information as well as referrals to other programs and agencies such as community clinics in New York.
  • Samaritan Hospital also provides resources. People can use the clinic to get check ups, advice, prescription medicines, and other assistance that can help them reduce their overall medical bills. Find additional ways to get free health care.




Joseph’s House is located at 74 Ferry St, Troy, NY 12180. Contact them for more info on these programs listed above, and to ask about what other assistance they can provide you. As there is free food, work programs, transitional housing and more. Dial (518) 272-2544

The Roarke Center ((518) 273-8351) is a place to call as a last resort. The charitty is at 107 4th St, Troy, NY 12180. You need to have applied to other agencies and programs first, and have a referral letter. In addition, you need to go to the Rensselaer Department of Social Services first before coming to the Roarke Center. If you apply and are found qualified, get help with paying rent, food assistance, or grant money for heating bill in Troy. The location also has a food pantry, literacy programs, and support for women too. Read bout Roarke Center emergency program.

Rensselaer County Department of Social Services provides access to many New York and federal government assistance programs. Some of the services include TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and Safety Net (assistance to adult individuals.)  There are also SNAP food stamp applications for low -income families and grocery programs. If they can’t help you they can refer you to other New York food banks.

Low income individuals can also apply for help with heating and utility bills from LIHEAP. Note that Individuals and families that are not eligible for Public Assistance can apply separately for food stamps. Air conditioners and heating equipment can also be provided from government programs. Look here for free AC units from the government, or call the Troy New York office at (518) 833-6000.

Hope 7 Food Pantry is an emergency non-profit food pantry based in Troy. There are free groceries, hot meals, and hygiene supplies too, including for kids, single moms or the unemployed. They can offer food up to at most once per month. Call (518) 272-1547

Catholic Charities of Troy and the Capital Region supports the working poor and low income in Rensselaer County. While the non-profit covers the entire region and is often limited by resources and donations, they do their best to provide assistance when possible. They also help immigrants in Rensselaer County, women facing DV and people with no money.





  • Resources can include items such as free food, clothing, and basic needs. Or get free furniture or vouchers for an appliance. Some limited housing assistance may be administered, including rent and/or energy bill help. Case management and counseling services are also available from social workers. More information on Catholic Charities in Albany NY area.

Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. administers several government and public assistance programs for food, utility bills, and other needs. Examples of the resources are below.

  • EmPower New York will help homeowners discover where they are wasting energy and money. It will then provide free appliance and fixture upgrades to those who qualify. This is often offered along with weatherization, which will install insulation and weather-sealing services to eligible residents in Rensselaer County.
  • New mothers and pregnant women may benefit from WIC. This federal program offers nutrition education, access to healthy food and breastfeeding support. The local WIC program supports the health of new mothers, infants, babies and their children up to the age of five.
  • SNAP food stamps in New York distribute vouchers which can be used specifically for purchasing groceries, nutritious foods and formula from designated stores. Read more on SNAP food stamps.
  • Free holiday help in Troy NY. Using the food pantry or SNAP food stamps, clients can get free Holiday Food Baskets, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Referrals can provide free food and fixings to families. No family should go without during the holidays.
  • Access their referral service, which can connect you with other local non-profit resources and programs in Rensselaer County New York, including for free autos, gas, or transportation. The non-profit agency will also help you enroll into these services, including transportation. Or learn about a free car for people with no money.
  • Free financial education classes can help you learn to create a budget and in general manage your finances. Also get help in finding and securing a stable job that will provide life sustaining wages.
  • Get linked to Rensselaer County programs including Adopt-A-Family which operates during Christmas. It will connect families in need with local donors who buy free toys and gifts that a child requests.
  • A food pantry is run by Commission on Economic Opportunity. It offers fresh fruits, groceries, vegetables, and more. Education classes and maybe even cooking workshops are held from time to time.
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is offered for low income families and seniors. It can provide clients with free tax help and advice. VITA can even file your federal and state of New York taxes for you, free of charge.
  • Via referrals to other non-profits, learn about housing programs. The non-profit CEO community action has information on various eviction and homeless prevention programs in Troy. They range from counseling to occasional government grants for paying security deposits, utility bills (from HEAP), and rent.




Commission on Economic Opportunity offers these and many other assistance programs. The main office is at 2331 Fifth Avenue, Troy, New York 12180-2291. Dial (518) 272-6012. Or learn more on Commission on Economic Opportunity assistance programs.

Rensselaer County Unified Family Services runs the Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP. This is a federal government funded utility bill program that helps low-income people pay their natural gas and/or heating bills, with a focus on seniors including those on social security. They also help senior citizens, including with government money, transportation and home care. There is also information on emergency housing for seniors on social security.

The Rensselaer County Department for the Aging is a partner agency that assists individuals age 60+ with applications. Other support is offered too. The location is 1600 7th Avenue, Troy, NY 12180, call 518-270-2730.

Troy Salvation Army centers and their family services are available for the working poor, homeless, and less fortunate. Resources across Rensselaer County range from free food pantries, emergency shelter, to soup kitchens. Financial aid for expenses such as rent or heating bills may be offered from the Salvation Army, but funds will be very limited. There are also free gas cards for work or car repairs.

  • The Salvation Army also has seasonal help. Applications to free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree or school supplies for kids from K-12 are offered. There are also winter coats, thanksgiving meals, and other Christmas help for low-income families. Or locate other free Christmas assistance near you.

Resources are limited. Most of the Salvation Army services are first come-served and go quickly. Continue with Rensselaer County Salvation Army programs.

Low income housing, shelter, and rental assistance may be provided by some or all of the following agencies. This includes free housing, including for people without a wage or income. Learn more on no income housing.

  • Rensselaer County Department of Social Services – Phone  (518) 833-6000
  • -Joseph's House in Troy - (518) 272-2544
  • Troy Housing Authority also administers the section 8 voucher program. Telephone 518-271-8353. Or find other details on section 8 online applications in NY.
  • The HEAP program can help people facing eviction due to unpaid utility bills. 270-2730
  • TRIP, or the Troy Rehabilitation & Improvement Program, encourages home repairs and affordable apartments. Call 518-272-8289

Free food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal sites are in the community. They serve seniors, including Meals on Wheels. OR people with no money or on a low-income will get free groceries, pet food and more. There are dozens of other agencies and programs for fighting hunger. Or click here for details on Rensselaer County food pantries.







Homeless prevention and rehousing is available from the locations above as well as many other organizations. While funding is very limited, and some agencies issue no interest loans, the agencies will try to help with everything from a security or utility deposit to unpaid rent. Free referrals are usually given to other Rensselaer County groups as well. Click more information on Rensselaer County and Albany homeless prevention.

Free clothing, school supplies and furniture is available at thrift shops or clothing closets. Some of the centers will provide clothing free of charge, using a voucher system, if you bring a referral from any local social service agency. There are also free furniture banks with appliances, couches, beds and more. Rensselaer County centers include.

  • -Doors of Hope, Routes 43 & 150 West Sand Lake. Phone 518-674-4048
  • -Nassau Resource Center, 15 Church Street, telephone 518-766-9014
  • -Unique Boutique (Unity House) - 2431 Sixth Ave, Troy, NY. Call 518-272-2352
  • -The Gatherine Place, address is 24 Albany Ave, Nassau. Telephone 518-766-4164
  • -Bethany Hospitality Center, location is 27 State St. in Troy. Dial 518-273-3529

Free medical and health care in Rensselaer County

Medical assistance is offered by these clinics or health care programs. They help low-income families, patients on Medicaid, and people with no insurance. Physicals, eye exams, check ups, meds such as ADHD and more is offered. Some centers are sliding fee.

There are also community health centers for free or cheap dental care. These combine preventative and emergency services. Both are offered.

  • Rensselaer County Health Department coordinates public care. Immunizations, STD checks, OB/GYN and more is offered. Phone (518) 270-2655
  • Poverello Center is a local clinic that offers walk in health care. Address is 315 Sheridan Ave or dial 518-426-9428
  • St. Peter's Family Health Care Center is based at 326 S Pearl St. Call 518-449-0100
  • Whitney Young Health Center, 920 Lark Drive, call (518) 465-4771

There are other places for free medical or dental. These includes clinics, volunteer dentists or doctors, mobile medical centers and more. Get a free teeth cleaning in New York.

Alliance for Positive Health provides support to AIDs and HIV patients or their families. Programs include food, financial assistance for housing and utilities, and more. The phone number is 518.434.4686.


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