71%

Percentage of extremely low-income renters who spend over half their income on housing

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Opportunity House homeless shelter is open and fully operational. OFO continues to adhere to federal and New York State health protocols, including continued mask wearing within our shelter for all persons regardless of vaccination status. 

Utility providers are resuming late payment and disconnections for past due accounts. Households that owe their utility company money for services should contact the billing department immediately and consider the following programs:

  • NYSEG Credit Department 1.888.315.1755 
  • REA/Otsego Electric Co-op, 607.293.6622
  • NYSEG Energy Assistance Program:  Any household enrolled any of the following benefit programs may receive a monthly bill credit on their NYSEG account. (Safety Net Assistance, TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension, BIA General Assistance, HEAP).
  • Regular Arrears Supplement Benefit (RAS): HEAP-eligible customers may qualify for up to $10,000 for past due electric and/or gas utilities. Customers must apply through the local department of social services. 
  • Low Income Household Water Assistance Program: HEAP-eligible households may qualify for up to $2,500 per drinking water or wastewater provider, or $5,000 if drinking water and wastewater services are combined, for past due payment. 

Eviction Moratorium Extended Until Januray 15, 2022:  Tenants at risk of eviction due to financial hardship caused by COVID should apply immediately for New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds. Assistance is also available for landlords. Benefits include:

  • Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020
  • Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30% or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent
  • Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020. 

Get more information and apply through the online portal.  For more information on the New York State Eviction Moratorium, helpful links and FAQ, visit NYS Homes and Community Renewal

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Our Emergency Housing program helps homeless and at-risk households during their transition from temporary to permanent housing. We assign a case manager to help you connect to community resources and find safe, stable housing. We also offer additional support to ensure the maintenance of housing.

Our programs are completely free to income-eligible households, with a minimal fee for non-eligible households.

Services offered by Emergency Housing:

  • 24-hour hotline
  • Emergency shelter and off-site lodging
  • Rent assistance
  • Eviction prevention and housing location
  • Assistance in speaking with landlords
  • Goal planning based on a households needs and strengths
  • Information and referrals to community programs
  • Budget counseling
  • Linkages to legal services to prevent eviction
  • Transportation assistance
  • Ongoing case management through one-on-one support and home visits

Call us today or stop in:

  • 10-20 Depew Street, Oneonta - We're open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
  • For emergencies, call our 24-Hour Emergency Housing Hotline: 607.433.8318

This program is funded in part by:

For more information:

Download our program brochure:

Housing Applications: