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Wyoming County New York assistance programs

While not really providing direct financial assistance and cash, the Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Council, Inc. is a non-profit that works with renters and homeowners to improve living conditions, housing opportunities, and help prevent evictions.

Counselors may be able to assist both renters and owners through providing information on rent assistance, including the NY Section 8 housing program, provision of affordable housing, offering access to legal advice, technical assistance and grants for the repair of owner occupied single family homes. They also offer access to mortgage and foreclosure prevention programs, as well as help for first time buyers purchase a home. (585) 658-4860

Emergency Shelter Payments of Perry New York (Phone (585) 237-2600) may be able to give assistance in the form of one month's rent or mortgage payment on behalf of a renter.

The primary non-profit to call for financial assistance is the Wyoming County Community Action, Inc. They offer the programs and resources below to qualified low income and working poor.

  • Section 8 housing voucher is a government funded program that provides high quality yet very affordable housing for people who are classified as poverty or low-income households. The maximum amount of rent you will need to pay is directly tied to your income.
  • Help finding a job - Work with a counselor for Career Counseling, Job Search Assistance, Access to a Career Resource Library, Direct Job Referrals to Local Employers, Access to Training and College or High School Tuition Assistance, Post Placement Services, Work Experience Opportunities, Resume Writing Assistance and Reviews, and lastly Job Seeker Workshops.
    • Weatherization - This energy saving program can provide for a variety of weatherization and energy conservation services which will reduce energy consumption and help people save on heating and electric bills. More on weatherization.
    • Utility bill assistance - Emergency funds can provide for one month's utility payment to avoid shutoff or disconnection of service.

    Wyoming County Community Action, Inc. is based in Perry NY on Route 20a. Call them at (585) 237-2600.

Emerson Young Family Clinic is a local medical center that provides low cost or free health care services for adult and pediatric medicine, primary care & OB/GYN service, physicals, and other care to primary care patients. They accept both private and government insurance, and also have a sliding fee scale in place. Dial (716) 848-2098





Catholic Charities, the Arcade Satellite Office (585) 492-0407, can give emergency financial assistance and/or grants to Wyoming County NY individuals with an urgent need for groceries, food, prescription medications, housing or other assistance due to an unforeseen emergency

St. Michael’s Catholic Church, which is based in Warsaw, offers free food and clothing. Call (585) 786-2400 for assistance.

By Jon McNamara

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