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Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), a federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity.
The nation’s Community Action Agencies embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities. When national, state and local leaders tap into these agencies’ experience, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place to live for everyone.
Community Action Agencies try to ensure that the assistance goes to the least fortunate. The agency helps with free financial help for paying bills, applications to public benefits, and other expenses. They also offer financial support to senior citizens, disabled, unemployed, and households living in poverty.
If you are stressed and dealing with a short term financial hardship, be sure to stop by or call your local community action agency for assistance. Community action agencies may help with the following, please check for available with the agency directly.
- Help for preventing homelessness.
- Pre-School Scholarship Program
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Home repair programs, including low interest loans.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Job training and placement.
- Mortgage, housing, and credit counseling services
- Childcare for poor working parents
- Head Start programs for children.
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Free food and meals
- Job Development, Training and Computer Literacy Services
- Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Ownership Planning Education
- Prescription Drug Assistance Vouchers
- Rental Assistance program
- Transportation & Aging centers for seniors
Address is 84 Schuyler Street, PO Box 573
Belmont, New York 14813-0573
Telephone number – (585) 268-7605
This is the community action agency for Allegany and Cattaraugus County. They offer a wide range of programs, including zero interest loans to buy or repair a car, homeless prevention in the form of rent help, mortgage counseling, and security deposit assistance. Other community action services are a free food pantry, home repairs and more.
ACCORD Corporation has several access centers located in a few places in the counties. Call them for information and/or referrals.
- Belmont ACCESS Center, Address is 84 Schuyler St. Phone: (585) 268-7605.
- Bolivar ACCESS Center, 71 Boss Street, (585) 268-7605.
- Wellsville New York site address is 15 Martin Street. Call (585) 268-760.
Action for a Better Community, Inc.
550 E Main Street
Rochester, New York 14604-2522
This is the primary center for the central part of the state, including Monroe and Ontario County.
The location of Head Start Services in the county are as follows.
30 Hart Street, Rochester, New York 14605, telephone 585-254-0093
700 North Street, Rochester, NY 14605, call 585-454-2332
1772 Clifford Avenue, Rochester, New York 14609, 585-482-8914
1150 Hudson Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14621, 585-467-1472
640 Jefferson Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14611, call 585-436-0362
If you need help or advice, the main sites of the Action for a Better Community, Inc. are as follows. Stop by 49 Stone Street in Rochester, New York 14604. Dial (585) 325.5116 or another center is at 917 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605, phone (585) 325.7550.
Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. of Essex County
Main address – 7572 Court Street
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone number – (518) 873-3207
The Emergency Needs program is available as well as other support.
Albany Community Action Partnership
333 Sheridan Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Telephone number is (518) 463-3175. Call for intake.
The organization supports the Capital region and Albany County. A number of resources and case management/referrals are offered.
Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.
Primary address is 25 Jefferson Street
Salamanca, NY 14779-0308
Telephone number – (716) 945-1041.
The center may offer the Emergency Solutions Grant which can help pay rent to prevent an eviction. Other resources from the non-profit community action agency include home repairs, applications to the Summer Meal Program for children, and other aid.
Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc.
Main address is 65 State Street
Auburn, NY 13021-2699
Main telephone number – (315) 255-1703
Programs include holiday assistance from Christmas Elf, HEAP energy bill applications, EmPower New York and other aid.
The main locations, or so called Community Centers of the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, are located at the following.
65 State Street; Auburn, NY 13021, Phone: 315-255-1703
Social Services center at 1 Brookfield Place; Auburn, NY 13021, 315-252-0038.
4 Garfield Street, Auburn, New York 13021, dial 315-252-0038
53 Water Street; Auburn, NY 13021, main telephone 315-283-2030
37 Brogan Manor; Auburn, New York 13021, dial 315-282-0531 for information
23 Center Street; Waterloo, New York 13165, call 315-539-5647
Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.
17 West Courtney Street
Dunkirk, New York 14048
Telephone: (716) 366-3333
Call for information on emergency assistance and self-sufficiency. Food assistance, applications for HEAP and weatherization, and general case management is provided.
Locations of the Chautauqua Opportunities include
Laughlin Community Action Center, 402 Chandler Street, Jamestown, NY 14701, dial 716-661-9430
Connections North is located at 10825 Bennett Road, Dunkirk, New York 14048, call 716-366-8176
Connections South is based at 2887 Fluvanna-Townline Road, Jamestown, NY 14707, dial 716-483-5779
Columbia Opportunities, Inc.
540 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
2331 Fifth Avenue
Troy, NY 12180-2291
Telephone: (518) 272-6012
This location services the low income in Rensselaer County.
Community Action Agency of Franklin County, Inc.
343 W. Main Street
Malone, NY 12953-1508
Dial (518) 483-1261 for information.
Community Action Commission to Help the Economy, Inc. (CACHE) of Sullivan County
63 South Main Street
Liberty, NY 12754
Telephone number is (845) 292-5821
Community Action of Greene and Columbia County, Inc.
Address – 53 South Jefferson Ave.
Catskill, NY 12414
Call – (518) 943-9205
Community Action of Orleans and Genesee
409 East State Street
Albion, New York 14411-1123
Telephone number – (585) 589-5605
Services include career counseling, referrals, and housing/foreclosure prevention. Services include clothing and Dress for Success Club, transportation, emergency grants for rent and bills from Community Angeles, and information on New York state benefits
The main offices of Community Action of Orleans and Genesee are as follows.
- 409 East State St., Albion, NY 14411-1123, telephone 585-589-5605
- Eastern Orleans Community Center, 75 Public Sq., Holley, New York 14470, 585-638-6395
- Genesee Office is at 5073 Clinton Street Rd., Batavia, NY 14020, call 585-343-7798 for details
Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc.
Main office – 70 Harvard Place
Buffalo, NY 14209
This is the primary community action agency for western New York and Buffalo. Some of the needs from the community include energy and heating bill assistance and also job training. Erie County and other nearby low income and unemployed families can look into for help, including for rent and government benefits.
Neighborhood Services Programs and centers are located across Erie County and administer many of these services. Advocacy, outreach and more is available. The locations in Western New York are as follows.
JFK Community Center, NSD Administrative Office, Environmental Justice Center, 114 Hickory Street
Buffalo, NY 14204, phone: 716.332.4554
Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215, dial 716.332.4380
Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt Street, Buffalo, NY 14204, dial 716.852.1671
Lackawanna CAO, 273 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218, main number is 716.825.2147
Southtown’s CAO, 251 North Main Street, Angola, NY 14006, 716.549.6382
CAO Food Pantry is located at 70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209, call 716.881.5150
Community Action Partnership of Rockland County
176 North Main Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977
The non-profit offers a number of emergency assistance programs, but one focus of the New York agency is on helping senior citizens.
Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. (CAPC)
518 Davidson Street
Watertown, NY 13601-0899
Main telephone number is (315) 782-4900. F
Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc.
6 Cambridge Avenue
Morrisville, NY 13408-0249
Telephone number for intake is (315) 684-7862.
Locations of centers
6 Cambridge Avenue, PO Box 249, Morrisville, New York 13408, (315) 684-7862
1001 New Market Drive, Canastota, NY 13032, phone number is (315) 697-3588
1081 Northside Shopping Center, Oneida, NY 13421, dial (315) 280-0889 for information.
East Main Office, 3 East Main Street, Morrisville New York, 13408, call (315) 684-3144
Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO)
Address – 32 N. Main Street
Cortland, New York 13045-2698
Some of the programs available include Head Start, Weatherization, and basic needs such as clothing and food. Another focus of community action is on credit counseling and financial literacy.
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
35430 State Hwy. 10
Hamden, New York 13782-1112
Telephone: (607) 746-1600
Case management, referrals, and government programs such as WIC are offered.
Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD – NYC)
156 William Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038-2609
Telephone: (212) 227-4005
Supports the low income, seniors, and those faced with poverty in NYC. Assistance programs and services are offered for the regions of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond.
Dutchess County Community Action Partnership
77 Cannon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Telephone number – (845) 452-5104.
Examples of services include Dress for Success and free clothing, HEAP emergency heating bill assistance, as well as Empower New York.
Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc.
Address is 134 Jackson Street
Hempstead, NY 11550-2484
Telephone: (516) 292-9710. See more details below on this agency and all of Long Island.
Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.
31 West Main, 3rd Floor
Patchogue, NY 11772-3121
Call (631) 289-2124, or continue reading below.
Both of the Long Island based community action agencies above provide support to the low income on Long island. Emergency financial aid for rent and energy bills (HEAP) may be offered. Also learn about housing assistance and mortgage delinquency counseling. The main address of Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) of Suffolk is 31 West Main Street, Suite 300, Patchogue, New York 11772. Call 631-289-2124. Programs are available for qualified low income and struggling families across the county.
Economic Opportunity Program, Inc. of Chemung & Schuyler Counties
Address – 650 Baldwin Street
Elmira, New York 14901-2216
Call – (607) 734-6174
There are two main offices operated by the Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties. They include Chemung County, 650 Baldwin St., Elmira New York (call 607-734-6174) or in Schuyler County, the office is at 112 Sixth Street, Watkins Glen NY 14891, (phone 607-535-2468).
Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc.
20 Park Street
P.O. Box 835
Fonda, New York 12068
Main telephone number – (518) 853-3011
Counties covered are Fulton and Montgomery. Clients can apply for heating bill assistance from HEAP. Other programs for the working poor include child development, senior transportation, and referrals to charities.
For more details, dial an office near you.
- Amsterdam Center can be reached at (518) 842-5336.
- Gloversville Center is located at 53 Church Street, Gloversville, New York 12078, dial (518) 725-7110
- 200 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339, Community Services can be reached at (518) 993-3230
- Fulton County Senior Transportation Program and Office for the Aging, 19 North William St., Johnstown, NY 12095, (518) 736-5650
- Northville Center, 202 N. Third Ave, Northville, New York 12134, dial (518) 863-2177
JCEO of Clinton & Franklin Counties, Inc.
54 Margaret Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
There are several offices of this community action agency, as noted below. These will be the main outreach centers and other sites.
- 44 Emmonds St., Dannemora, NY 12929, 518-492-7357
- Ellenburg center – PO Box 153, Municipal Bldg., Ellenburg, New York 12933, dial 518-594-3007
- 3036 Main St., Peru Town Hall, Peru, NY 12972, 518-643-8455
- Saranac Town Hall, 3668 Rt. 3, Saranac, NY 12981, dial 518-293-6661
- 1403 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, 518-563-2836
- PO Box 83, Altona Town Hall, Altona, New York 12910, 518-236-7621
- Ausable, 1908 Rt. 22, Keeseville, NY 12944, dial 518-834-9043
- Black Brook, PO Box 715, Ausable Forks Town Hall, Ausable Forks, NY 12912, telephone number is 518-647-5411
- Champlain Village Office, 1104 Rt. 9, Champlain, NY 12919, call 518-298-2373
- Chazy JCEO center is at PO Box 151, West Chazy Town Hall, West Chazy, NY 12992, dial 518-493-3491
- Clinton, Box 62, Churubusco Town Hall, 23 Smith Street, Churubusco, New York 12923, telephone 518-497-6133
Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.
8265 State Rt. 812
Lowville, NY 13367
Telephone – (315) 376-8202
Livingston County Workforce Development
Address is 6 Court Street, Room 105
Geneseo, NY 14454
Telephone number (585) 243-7047
Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc.
9882 River Road
Utica, New York 13501
Telephone: (315) 624-9930
The region supported is both Oneida and Herkimer. Call for food assistance, housing services, help for seniors, and much more. Additional resources from the community action agency may include home repairs from RESTORE and emergency food and shelter grants.
The Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency has a few offices as noted below. Call all sites by dialing 315.624.9930. The main office address is 9882 River Road Utica, NY 1350. Locations of other sites are:
- 1721 Black River Blvd. Rome, NY 13440,
- A site is at 1100 Miller St., Utica, NY 1350
- Herkimer County center, 61 West St. Ilion, New York 13357
Newburgh Community Action Committee, Inc. – Eastern Orange County New York
Address – 123 Grand Street
Newburgh, New York 12550
Phone – (845) 562-0100
Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.
1521 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305-0000
Some of the resources available include free food, low income energy bill assistance from LIHEAP, vouchers for groceries, weatherization and more.
Social workers are available from the Niagara Community Action Program. the main centers are as follows.
- Niagara Falls, Address: 564 – 19th Street. Call this office at (716) 282-4375.
- Lockport center is at 160 Washburn Street. Phone: (716) 433-6632
- North Tonawanda, Address: 316 Thompson Street. Call (716) 694-9727
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
76 Wadsworth Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Telephone number – (212) 822-8300
Focuses on certain parts of New York City, specifically the northern part of the city. A main focus is on homeless and eviction prevention.
Opportunities for Broome, Inc.
5 West State Street
Binghamton, NY 13901-2322
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
Mailing address is P.O. Box 470
Norwich, NY 13815-0470
Telephone number – (607) 334-7114
Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.
3 West Broadway
Oneonta, New York 13820-2552
Call (607) 433-8000
Several state and local programs are run by the community action agency. They coordinate emergency housing, WIC vouchers, applications to HEAP, and other services.
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
239 Oneida Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Telephone number is (315) 598-4717
There are programs for victims of domestic violence as well the disabled. The community action agency also operates transitional housing, JART job training, and home delivered meals. Much more is offered as well, including information on state of New York and federal government grants.
There are a few main locations of Oswego County Opportunities.
- 239 Oneida Street, Fulton, NY 13069, 315-598-4715
- Mexico Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave., Mexico, New York 13114, dial 315-598-4712
- Crisis and Development Services is located at Midtown Plaza (Lower Level) in Oswego, NY 13126. Call 315-342-7532.
400 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Telephone number is (585) 340-3300
This non-profit operates in most counties and towns in New York. Foreclosure prevention, emergency rent help, food, and other aid is administered. Also learn about local employment and career programs.
PEACE, Inc. – Peoples’ Equal Action Community Effort, Inc.
Address is 217 South Salina Street, 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
Telephone number is (315) 470-3300
Provides services to Onondaga County. Numerous resources are offered, including information on rent and utility assistance, food, and employment programs.
The free food pantry items are distributed through the various Family Resource Centers in Onondaga County, including these.
- Eastside Family Resource Center, 202 South Beech Street, Syracuse, New York 13210, call (315) 470-3325
- East Family Resource Center is located at 215 West Manlius Street, Suite 2, East Syracuse, NY 13057, telephone (315) 437-7071
- West Family Resource Center (FRC), 93 Syracuse Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027, (315) 638-1051
Pro Action of Steuben & Yates, Inc.
117 East Steuben Street, Suite 11
Bath, NY 14810-1600
Telephone: (607) 776-2125
Locations supported are Steuben and Yate Counties in New York.
Call or stop by 117 E Steuben, Street Bath, New York 14810, call or 417 Liberty St., Suite 1116, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc. (RECAP)
Main address is P.O. Box 886
Middletown, NY 10940-0886
Serves most of Orange County. They offer many of the more typical programs, such as emergency solutions grants for eviction prevention or paying rent, but the community action agency also distributes holiday food and gifts from a pantry.
RECAP is located at 40 Smith Street, Middletown, NY 10940, (845) 342-3978. A second community action center is headquartered at 119 East Main Street in Middletown. Phone (845) 342-3978.
Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
40 New Street
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-5120
Telephone number is (518) 587-3158
Short term financial aid may be offered from their crisis intervention services. This may be grants to pay energy bills, housing, or rental costs. The community action agency also runs a soup kitchen, provides applications to WIC, and can provide free clothes for employment reasons.
Schenectady Community Action Program
Address is 913 Albany Street
Schenectady, New York 12307
Call (518) 374-9181
A wide variety of services and resources are offered. Get referrals, case management, applications for government aid, and more.
The locations of the program are below, and call (518) 377-8539 for more details.
- Yates Early Childhood Learning Center Head Start, Yates Village, Van Vranken Avenue, Schenectady, New York 12308
- Bigelow Avenue location is at 100 Bigelow Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12304
- Glen Worden School Head Start Center, 30 Warden Road, Scotia, NY 12302
- Bellevue Head Start Center, 2000 Broadway, Schenectady, New York 12306
Schoharie County Community Action Program, Inc.
795 East Main Street, Ste. 5
Cobleskill, NY 12043
(518) 234-2568. Several financial assistance programs are offered. The community action agency can help in other ways as well, mostly from referrals. The main center is at 795 East Main Street, Suite 5, Cobleskill, New York 12043-1436. Call (518) 234-2568.
St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc.
Location is 1 Commerce Lane
Canton, NY 13617
Main telephone – (315) 386-1102
Call for information on programs that are administered by this non-profit organization.
The neighborhood centers and pantries are located in the following parts of the county.
Tioga Opportunities, Inc.
9 Sheldon Guile Blvd.
Owego, New York 13827-0306
Covers the southern Tier, including both the Binghamton and Tioga County region.
Tompkins Community Action (TCAction)
Primary address is 701 Spencer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-9999
Main telephone number is (607) 273-8816
Some of what may be provided by the non-profit community action agency include Head Start, job search assistance, and applications for utility programs such as HEAP.
The main location of the Tompkins Community Action assistance is 701 Spencer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850-9999, telephone: (607) 273-8816. There is another office at 309 Corn Street, Ithaca New York 14850, dial 607-216-0457.
Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc.
Main address is 70 Lindsley Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401-3316
Call – (845) 338-8750
Warren-Hamilton Counties ACEO, Inc.
Glens Falls, NY 12801-0968
Telephone: (518) 793-0636
Counties are Hamilton, Warren. The non-profit community action agency can help families apply for New York benefits such as HEAP or SSDI disability. Other resources include free clothing, emergency grants for paying rent to prevent an eviction, and extensive referrals. 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.
Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
Address – 383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828-1015
Telephone number is (518) 746-2390.
Wayne County Action Program, Inc.
159 Montezuma Street
Lyons, NY 14489-1228
Telephone: (315) 946-7530
Several regions are supported, including the counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates. Social services, referrals, and other support services are offered by this agency. Emergency housing assistance may be offered in the form of loans or funds for paying rent, utilities, and security deposits. Other government benefits are HEAP, food stamp applications, weatherization, and referrals.
The community action agency operates from the following centers. Address is 159 Montezuma Street Lyons, New York 14489, 315-665-0131. Another office is at 7190 Ridge Rd. Sodus, NY 14551. Call 315.483.8080.
Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.
2269 Saw Mill River Road, Building 3
Elmsford, New York 10523-3833
Putnam, Westchester residents can call upon this location. It does not help families in the City of Yonker.
There are several offices of the Westchester Community Action Opportunity Program, and they cover cities such as New Rochelle, Greenburgh, White Plains, Peekskill and more. The main office is at 2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, New York 10523. Dial 914.592.5600 for information.
Rockland County – 17 W. Broad Street, Haverstraw, NY 10927, Phone: (845)728-0688 or another office is at 94 N. Main Street, Spring Valley, New York 10977, call (845) 262-1987.
Putnam County center is at 121 Main St., Brewster, New York 10509. Telephone – 845.278.8021
Wyoming County Community Action, Inc.
6470 Route 20A, Suite 1
Perry, NY 14530-9799
Main telephone: (585) 237-2600
Yonkers Community Action Program, Inc.
164 Ashburton Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10701-9999
Call (914) 423-5905
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