Assistance programs from Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO.
The local community action agency, Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO, offers various forms of assistance to people in economic, educational and/or social need within Warren and Hamilton County New York. OFBO mostly provides information and referrals, however some direct aid may be offered. Examples of the programs administered include community advocacy, emergency services, housing programs, tax preparation support, career training and pre-school classes.
The organization acts as a community advocate to help those in need secure public assistance. There are both state of New York and federal government programs available, such as Social Security, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance and SNAP Food Stamps. WAHACAA assists as people in temporary periods of crisis work through barriers to access support from government programs.
Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO aims to prevent homelessness. If people are facing eviction or already homeless, WAHACAA works non-profits and charities in the region to either resolve current housing issues or identify alternative housing opportunities. In addition, the organization offers crisis intervention to people who lack food, shelter, medicine and other essential needs.
There are several agencies that can be turned to in the county and New York. They include Catholic Charities, local churches, the Salvation Army and several others.
Furthermore, a number of housing programs are available via WAHACAA and its partners. There are short term units and shelters meant for either homeless mothers and their children or homeless pregnant women. Most of the centers will also offer free meals and personal care items are provided, and support services include case management, crisis intervention, parenting and life skills instruction, career counseling, and pre-school programs for eligible children.
The local transitional housing programs strive to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for independence and self-reliance, and the staff works alongside families to secure permanent residences in Warren County. So guests have lodging and time to build up their skills.
For homeless families in which an adult member is suffering from mental health and/or substance abuse issues, there are Permanent Housing Solutions in New York. Families are provided with permanent housing and support services, including case management, crisis intervention, career counseling, and parenting and life skills instruction. Rental subsidies are also available in some cases, however there is often a waiting list in place.
The Emergency Solutions Grant Program provides assistance and services to counter homelessness. In order to prevent evictions and homelessness or quickly re-house people who are homeless, the program offers financial aid or short term loans. The funds are meant for late rental and utility bills, security deposits, and ongoing rental and energy bill subsidies. The program will also help settle landlord-tenant disputes, locate new housing and provide other services.
Through VITA Income Tax Preparation, many community action agencies coordinate services to provide tax preparation support for individuals with low and moderate income. Free expert assistance is available by appointment.
WAHACAA and its partners also helps individuals prepare for gainful employment. Local career readiness programs include classroom training and job search assistance. The organization can have referrals to numerous centers in New York State
Based on the philosophy that parents are the most significant and influential educational resource for their children, the Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO Head Start Program helps young children prepare for both kindergarten and longer-term success in school. The program is designed for children between three and five years of age and concentrates on educational, social and emotional needs.
Assistance is also available in the form of on-site meals and medical check ups. This and more is offered for enrolled children. The Head Start Program includes nutritional and health information services. Moreover, parent involvement is encouraged. The service is available at locations in the county and local towns.
Other programs include the following. Most of them are from the Neighborhood Centers. Referrals and other support services are available as well. The centers also help with government program applications, advocates for client’s rights, hold financial workshops, and assist those that are less fortunate.
- A food pantry at the Glens Falls NOC. This may have baked goods, dairy, formula, produce, and other goods.
- Telephone discounts from the Lifeline program for Verizon customers.
- Free weatherization. This includes furnace testing repair or replacement, weather-stripping, extra insulation, caulking, and other energy conservation repair measures.
- Clothing for work at school needs for the unemployed and children.
- Help for seniors is arrange by Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO, including a handyman service for home repairs.
For more information regarding any of the aforementioned programs, contact Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO. There is a site at Warren County, 190 Maple Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, phone (518) 793-0636. Or stop by the Hamilton County Central Office on Main Street, Indian Lake, NY 12842, dial (518) 642-5911.