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Community Action Agencies across the country are helping people and changing lives by identifying barriers and creating solutions to ensure equitable distribution and access to COVID-19 vaccines and resources.  Visit OFO's one-stop COVID-19 Resource page for information on local testing sites, vaccine opportunities, and other valuable resources.. 

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. Our services encourage economic stability, social justice, and the promotion of healthy lives and families for residents of Otsego County.

Agency Mission

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

Upcoming Events

martin171117usda_13400_NM.png08.01.2021 - 08.07.2021 - World Breastfeeding Week: This years themes is "Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility". OFO supports and promotes breastfeeding families through WIC, Building Healthy Families, and Early Head Start. For more information or to enroll in any of these programs, follow the link to their individual program pages.

09.06.2021 - Agency Closed: Opportunities for Otsego will be closed in recognition of the Labor Day holiday. The Emergency Housing and Violence Intervention Program 24-hour hotlines and shelters will still be accessible to those with a need.

09.15.2021 - First Day of Head Start/UPK: Head Start classrooms reopen for the 2021-2022 program year.

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Child Tax Credit

Starting July 15 and continuing through December 2021, the new Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan Act provides monthly benefits of $250 per child between ages 6-17 and $300 per child under age 6.  If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to take any action.  Families who did not file taxes last year still can access the benefit by using the IRS’s Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool. To learn more, visit the White House Child Tax Credit website.

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What's Happening...

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NOW OPEN! - Emergency Rental Assistance: New York State is providing significant rental and utility assistance for eligible households who fell behind on payments due to COVID-19. Persons needing help should apply ASAP as funding is statewide and expected to be very competitive. Get more information and apply through the online portal.

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WIC Online: Start a WIC application online through our new application portal. Click here to begin

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Now Enrolling! Head Start is now enrolling for 2021-2022 program year. To enroll children must be three years old by December 1, 2021. Head Start also provides support 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.

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Eviction Moratorium Still In Effect: Tenants facing eviction should fill out a Declaration of Hardship form and submit it to their landlord ASAP to have protections from eviction through August 31, 2021. Tenants who are: (a) experiencing financial hardships and/or (b) would be at high-risk for severe illness/death from COVID-19 if forced to move must fill out a hardship form and give it to their landlord to be protected.

Annual Report

$5,320,139reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2020)

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