million Americans were living below the official poverty line in 2022.

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Community Action: Inspiring Hope and Advancing Opportunity for 60 Years


The War on Poverty’s Key Legislation and Events Occurring in April

  • 04.11.1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-10) signed into law. Title I distributes funding to schools and districts with high percentages of students from low-income families
  • 04.26.1965: The Manpower Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-15) expanded funding under the 1962 Manpower Development and Training Act to retrain displaced workers.
  • 04.11.1968: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (known as the Fair Housing Act), prohibited discrimination in the sale, financing, or leasing of housing.

About Opportunities for Otsego

Founded in 1966, Opportunities for Otsego helps alleviate poverty and fosters self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services. The Agency focuses its attention on specific problems affecting the community, mobilizes resources, and creates solutions to unlock opportunities for low-income individuals and disenfranchised families.

Agency Mission

The leader in developing innovative solutions that promote healthy lives, thriving families, and caring communities.

Agency Vision

Our preferred future is a community that strives to alleviate poverty through collaborations that foster economic stability and social justice.

Upcoming Events

04.21.2024-04.27.2024 - National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. This year’s theme is a call-to-action for us all to create safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them. By doing so, we’re able to offer support, options for life-saving services, and, most importantly, hope. The Violence Intervention Program offers support to local victims of crime. Reach out 24/7 for support.

05.04.2024 - Community Baby Shower: Join Building Healthy Families for their 10th Annual Community Baby Shower, scheduled from 10AM-2PM at Southside Mall. Now accepting table reservations from community organizations.

05.18.2024 - Head Start Spring Carnival: Head Start will be hosting a community get-together at the Sixth Ward Booster Club Field on Scramling Ave, Oneonta.  Activities, games, and snacks from 10AM-1PM.

What's Happening...


IRS Direct File: Direct File is a new IRS service that allows eligible people to prepare and file their tax return online, for free, directly with the IRS – saving time and money Learn more & file here.



Transportation Survey:  The County Planning Department is seeking input on how to improve the transportation system for persons without personal vehicles in Otsego County. Click the image below to access the survey.

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Still Enrolling! Head Start enrolls year-round for center-based and home-based programs. Children must be three years old to start in Head Start classrooms.  Support is also offered to prenatal mothers and children up to three years old through Early Head Start. Apply online, or for more information call 607.433.8055 or visit our Eligibility page.


Tenants Rights: Valuable resources are available for those facing eviction or other housing crises on our Housing Services page.

Annual Report

$5,590,890reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2023)

News & Events

04.08.2024 - Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) announces $4.6 Million award to Opportunities for Otsego for Head Start programming.
The Office of Head Start concluded that Opportunities for Otsego Head Start preschool classrooms meet national quality standards.
The Board of Directors at Opportunities for Otsego is pleased to announce the promotion of Tanya Shalor, Chief Financial Officer, to Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2024.