Syracuse area rental assistance programs.

Organizations in Syracuse and Onondaga County offer rental assistance. Most of the programs focus on the low income, elderly, homeless, and unemployed, but the conditions change. Find details on the rent programs, or places to turn to including charities, churches and the government for low income housing or funds to pay a security deposit.

Get information on where to call and how to apply for rent help in the Syracuse New York region. In addition to receiving direct financial aid, many of the charities, agencies, and non-profit organizations can also offer counseling, referrals, and direct renters to other local, state of New York, or federal government rental assistance programs. Oftentimes the amount of funding is limited, so not everyone can receive help. However the goal is to keep as many people as possible in their home or apartments.

Catholic Charities of Syracuse runs a program known as Coordinated Services for Homeless Families. This program/organization provides low income and other individuals with access to an emergency shelter, as well as relocation services if needed, and this can include a grant for a deposit or first months rent.

Other services from the charity include case management, information on local and federal rent assistance programs, and in general transitional housing for homeless women and their children in Onondaga County. Phone 315-475-3807.

Oxford Street Inn Shelter and Services – Case management, shelter, and transitional housing is provided. Address is 201 Oxford Street, Syracuse, New York 13202-3813. Phone (315) 423-9137

The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services – Offers services and resources that can provide low income housing, case management, family mediation, homebound schooling, living-skills training and recreation activities. Advocacy is offered too, as well as (when funding allows) limited amounts of rent payment assistance to those faced with homelessness or eviction.





The program also links families to services, charities, social service programs and helps them find permanent housing for long term stability. Location - 677 South Salina Street, Syracuse, New York 13202, Telephone - 315.475.1688. Or read more Salvation Army NY programs.

Mother Marianne Cope Housing – Individuals with HIV and/or AIDs can get information on and access to low cost, yet most importantly secure, affordable housing and support services. Financial assistance for housing expenses, rent, and bills is on site too.

Association For Better Living Inc. – A great place to call for assistance in moving from dependency on others to self-sufficiency over the long term. Applicants can apply for housing and rent assistance is part of that process. 6522 Basile Rowe, East Syracuse, New York 13057-2942

Spanish Action League offers a Housing Services service. It can provide a wide variety of housing support services and financial assistance to Spanish Action League clients, including loans for rental expenses. Center address - 700 Oswego Street, Syracuse, NY 13204-3116, (315) 475-6153.





420 E. Genesee St.

Syracuse NY 13202
The Independent Housing Program helps the mentally ill. Free furniture, rent or security deposit help, household supplies and more. They partner with HUD on rent subsidized housing in Onondaga County.

Housing First
Main office is at 518 James Street, Suite 240
Syracuse New York 13203
Dial 315-565-4199
This resource provides emergency financial assistance such as rent/security deposits as well as information or referral to government programs. This may be other Syracuse and Onondaga non-profits to people and families who need help with housing, SSI, disabilities, or rent money.

Onondaga County Salvation Army – Get help from the Emergency and Practical Assistance Services program. It can provide support to people in a crisis or faced with a hardship. The agency offers crisis intervention, advocacy and support, and linkages to community resources for rental and low income housing assistance.

After an assessment with a case manager, emergency funds will be issued for back rent to stop evictions, or their may be a loan used. Two locations operate in the region include 7453 Morgan Road, Liverpool - (315) 373-0670 as well as 2433 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse - (315) 445-0520.

Vera House – While they do not offer rent help, the non-profits runs the government created Emergency Shelter Program. This is an option that can provide comprehensive support services, housing, and shelter. 315.422.7273 Baldwinsville and Syracuse locations.




Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is responsible for a program known as Emergency Assistance Services. This has the potential to help low to moderate individuals and families alleviate an immediate crisis or hardship they may be facing through free food vouchers and financial assistance for rent and other expenses, and also helps them develop skills and resources to prevent its recurrence. In addition, direct assistance is available for people in dire need, especially those who need housing or rent help. Centers are located at

HALE Homeless Prevention is organized by several agencies. Financial aid for rental or energy bill arrears is combined with job training or budgeting. Low income tenants, single moms, and the working poor can also seek motel vouchers, emergency security deposit or rent help, and other support. More on Onondaga County homeless prevention.

Onondaga County Social Services can be called at (315) 435-2700. They run a government program known as Temporary Assistance (TA). Very low income qualified families may be able to receive financial help for basic needs, which can include housing and rent expenses. Financial aid may be provided for other housing related needs, such as energy bills. Also work with case managers to find shelter, transitional housing, and get referrals to other programs.

Syracuse Housing Authority
PHA office is at 516 Burt St
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 475-6181
The HUD section 8 voucher program for all of Onondaga County is here. They also offer family self-sufficiency, mortgage loans or home buying, and public housing. The low income, elderly, and disabled often get priority from the federal government rent subsidy program.

RAP (Rental Assistance Program) only supports families or individuals with HIV or AIDs. Clients can receive government grants for housing and rental costs, as well as help in locating and moving to low income housing from case managers. Call the Syracuse non-profit at 315-472-8099.

CNY Services can provide rent subsidies to the disabled or people with a medical condition. The goal is to prevent homelessness and evictions of this vulnerable groups. 518 James Street, Syracuse NY, 13203, dial 315-472-7363.





Legal Aid Society of Central New York and Onondaga County can work with tenants facing an eviction. Free advice from attorneys, suggestions on resolving disputes over rent due, and unsafe or unfair housing issues are all addressed. Call (315) 703-6600 for an appointment.


By Jon McNamara

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