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Catholic Charities assistance programs Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Low income families in Onondaga County New York can contact Catholic Charities for information, referrals, and direct financial assistance, transportation, housing and more. Various emergency services are administered to the working poor, seniors, and low income. Whether free food or meals in Onondaga County, help moving, or something else, a focus of the Catholic Charity assistance programs is on meeting housing, clothing, and food/nutrition needs.

As with any program, there are a number of qualifications that need to be met by applicants. Any assistance is limited to Onondaga County and Syracuse families. People will need to prove their need for help, and have documentation of their crisis. Income limits are in place, and people can only use the Catholic Charity emergency financial assistance programs a limited number of times. There are no fees to apply for help and the main intake number is 315.424.1800.

Neighborhood Advisors services are available, and can provide referral services and information on assistance programs that are available to older individuals and senior citizens in Onondaga County. Case managers and social workers may assist with issues relating to Medicare, senior housing and rental vouchers, and other programs which benefit seniors, such as Social Security. For information, referrals, and guidance, dial 315-701-0439

Catholic Charities in Onondaga County is a great resource for people in the community. While many of their programs, especially financial, are very limited and have restrictions, the organization can often refer individuals to other resources in the community. For example, people can learn about utility and heating bill assistance programs (such as HEAP in NY), rental assistance from section 8 vouchers and homeless prevention, and much more. Catholic Charities may be able to connect people of all backgrounds and religions with other resources and non-profits across the region.

Housing programs - rent or moving help

Relocation Assistance is offered, with priority given to Vulnerable Individuals and Families and Homeless. For example, single parents, senior citizens, disabled, and others who are at risk are the primary beneficiaries. Families and individuals who are in danger of becoming homeless or who are currently homeless may benefit. Learn about emergency rental assistance programs as well as homeless prevention services.




Catholic Charities will work with families and individuals throughout the city of Syracuse, as well as with men at the Oxford Street Inn. Advice, case management, and other social services are provided which can help ensure people are successful over the long term. The location of this program is 514 Seymour Street.

Veterans can also get help. One of the main programs is SSVF - or supportive services for veteran families. There are also HUD VASH programs to help veterans pay their rent or mortgages, give motel vouchers, and provide other assistance. The Syracuse area Catholic Charities also support a veteran’s family and/or homeless ones. Find details on assistance with rent for veterans and tenants.

Medicaid, referrals, health insurance and medical programs

Medicaid Service Coordination and members of this service will work closely with individuals who have developmental disabilities and their immediate family members. Programs and resources can help families secure the necessary supports and services they need to live richer lives, and it can help people get back on their feet.

The Medicaid Service Coordinators work directly for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to secure the necessary support and services they need to live richer lives. Learn about health care programs, community clinics, and medical bill assistance.

Catholic Charities has information on other insurance programs as well for the low income, uninsured, working poor and others in Onondaga County. Both private as well as provide free medical or health insurance plans may be offered. Form filling is offered too. Read more on and get option on where to go for medical care without insurance.

Catholic Charity assistance for seniors and the elderly in Onondaga County

Transportation Services are offered to seniors. The charity will partner with other businesses and non-profits, such as Area North Transportation Services (ANTS), and provide transportation services and aid to elderly and seniors who live in areas such as the Town of Salina and the Town of Clay. Seniors may request rides to shopping, medical facilities, doctor appointments and also senior nutrition sites.





The Representative Payee Program will help seniors understand and manage their personal finances. Volunteers and specialists can advise senior on financial matters, provide budgeting advice, refer them to debt and credit counselors. Catholic Charities works with Social Security to screen the service to ensure their is no fraud. The charity will also help them the elderly or disabled in Onondaga County their bills and keep on track with their finances.

This is a low cost service from Catholic Charities. It is generally for the elderly, seniors or disabled who are unable to take care of their own finances - no matter the reason. Read more, and find a representative payee from a non-profit.

Senior citizens who are non-Medicaid qualified may benefit from the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program. This program provides case management and additional services, such as in-home personal care and housekeeping. Volunteers and staff from Catholic Charities offices across Onondaga County provide resources for seniors and their families.

How to apply for Catholic Charity services in Onondaga County

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and Syracuse is based at a location at 1654 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, New York 13204. The primary phone number is 315.424.1800. You may need to leave a message with the office.

By Jon McNamara













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