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Assistance programs in Sullivan County New York

Residents who need help can get rent assistance, help for utility and heating bills, free food, medical care, debt and foreclosure counseling, and other aid. Find who to call below.

Get help for paying bills in Monticello and Sullivan County New York

Interfaith Outreach Center, which is located in Callicoon and can be reached at 845-887-5919, offers financial assistance and cash grants for heating costs, rent payment, electric bills, free food vouchers or other basic needs.

Catholic Charities is open 3 days per week, and can provide aid, counseling, and advice. The church affiliated agency offers rent and low income housing payment assistance, free legal services for immigrants, and has a Spanish speaker on staff to ensure people of all backgrounds can get help. Monticello New York 845-791-6023

Pathstone of Sullivan County is a non-profit that provides low-income housing via Section 8 housing vouchers and other rent assistance programs to families eligible for such housing. Read more on Section 8 in New York. They also run the emergency shelter and food program, which can offer foreclosure assistance, counseling, debt reduction, and help for energy bills, among other services. Call 845-794-4880




Community Action Commission to Help the Economy, Inc. (CACHE) runs a number of emergency aid programs for the working poor, unemployed, and low income in Sullivan County New York. The goal is to also empower people so they are self-sufficient over the long term.

Energy assistance programs - Get information and apply for such programs as Empower New York Energy Reduction Program (for low-income individuals), Weatherization Assistance Program, Energy Smart Loan Fund (which has no income restrictions), and also learn about the Assisted Home Performance (slightly higher income people can apply).

Nutrition Assistance and Hunger Prevention - This can give monthly food packages and emergency food to the low income.

Thrift Store - Get access to low cost clothing, household products like furniture, and other items.

Emergency aid - The community action agency of Sullivan County offers outreach services. Examples of these include free legal assistance, public health agencies, community clinics, emergency help, rent assistance, unemployment assistance, public health agencies, emergency help, employment assistance, career counseling and consumer education as well as any other available option that will assist them in a difficult period.

Emergency food and shelter - This is funded by the federal government, and can provide food, rent help, and other assistance.

Call CACHE at (845) 292-5821 to learn about the programs above.

Foreclosure prevention and free counseling

One non-profit to call is Rural Sullivan Housing Corporation. Work with a counselor to get access to Fair Housing Pre-Purchase Education Workshops; Debt and Budget Counseling; Financial Management; Home Improvement and Rehabilitation Counseling; Pre-purchase Counseling; Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling; Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops for Homeowners; Pre-purchase Home buyer Education Workshops; Predatory Lending Education Workshops, Information on Government Programs and Rental Housing Counseling. Monticello NY 845-794-0348. Click here for additional information on New York foreclosure prevention programs.

Low cost or free health care from clinics

Hudson River Health Care Health Care Services - Provides low-cost healthcare to community for those who seek it regardless of insurance and status and ability to pay. Dial 845-794-2010

Food assistance

United Methodist Church - This is a local food pantry/bank that services the residents of Callicoon and the town of Delaware. They can also refer people to other food banks in the greater Sullivan County area. Dial 845-887-4071.

Saint George’s Church of Jeffersonville NY (845-482-4640) is another food pantry.

Saint John’s Church - This is a local food pantry that services the residents of Monticello and Sullivan County. 845-794-8111




By Jon McNamara

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