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Eligibility


Review the list below to see which programs you may be eligible for based on your family situation. For additional information on any program, click the program name. Services are open to residents of Otsego County.

Early Childhood Services:
Building Healthy Families

  • Pregnant or a child under 3 months of age
  • Experiencing multiple stressors (i.e. single parent, finances, housing, relationship trouble)
  • Submit application on-line by clicking here

Early Head Start

  • Pregnant or a child under 3 years of age
  • Household income at or below 130% of Federal Poverty Level (see chart below)
  • Eligibility for center-based services: parent must be employed full-time or attending school

Head Start

  • Child between the ages of 3-5
  • Household income at or below 130% of Federal Poverty Level (see chart below)

The Children's Center

  • Families with business in Otsego County Family Court
  • Child between the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years old

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

  • Resident of Oneonta School District
  • Child age 4


Energy Services:
Energy Opportunities

  • NYSEG and National Grid customers
  • Household income between 60-80% of the State Median Income (see chart below)

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)

  • Household income at or below 60% of the State Median Income (see chart below)

Weatherization

  • Household income at or below 60% of the State Median Income (see chart below)
  • Proof of need for energy improvement measures


Health & Nutrition Services:

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • Pregnant and postpartum women and/or children under the age of 5
  • Household income at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Level (see chart below) or recipient of, Medicaid, TANF services,or food stamps.
  • Have a nutritional or health reasons to qualify


Housing and Employment Services:

Emergency Housing

  • Homeless or
  • At-risk of homelessness (i.e. late on housing payments/utilities, eviction notice)

Employment Counseling

  • Unemployed and/or underemployed adults
  • Household income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (see chart below)
  • Proof of need to develop employment skills (i.e. limited education, poor work history) or barriers to obtaining/maintaining employment

Wheels to Work

  • Employed at least 20 hours per week
  • Meet program income eligibility guidelines. For more information, contact the Employment Counselor.


Victim Services:
The Violence Intervention Program (VIP)

  • Primary or secondary victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault or
  • Innocent victim of a crime


 Programs
Maximum Annual Household Income/Family Size
1 2 3 4 5 6
Employment Counseling $13,963 $18,913 $23,863 $28,813 $33,763 $38,713
Early Head Start/Head Start $14,521 $19,669 $24,817 $29,965 $35,113 $40,261
WIC $20,147 $27,214 $34,281 $41,348 $48,415 $55,482
HEAP/Weatherization $25,752 $33,672 $41,592 $49,524 $57,444 $65,364
Energy Opportunities $34,064 $44,545 $55,207 $65,507 $75,988 $86,469



 

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