Financial Assistance/Benefits

  • Broome County Department of Social Services 607-778-1100
    • DSS lobby is open for emergencies
    • conducting phone interviews
    • still accepting applications for programs and benefits
  • Catholic Charities
    • COVID-19 Leave No One Behind Fund: This fund is intended to respond to unanticipated, unmet basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, household supplies, personal care items, medical supplies or services and other items that are vital to maintaining households during the current COVID-19 crisis.  DUE TO THE STATE MORATORIUM ON RENT AND UTILITIES THESE CONCERNS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AT THIS TIME (this may change in the future).  
    • Catholic Charities Emergency Financial Assistance Fund:  Remains operational to handle non COVID -19 emergency issues. Call Mary Whitcombe at 584-7800
    • Lend A Hand:  These funds are temporarily suspended until further notice from Gannett.
      • For any questions regarding the information provided above on Catholic Charities please contact Mary Whitcombe at 584-7800
  • City of Binghamton and Town of Union
    • Financial assistance for renters or homeowners: call 211 (or 1-800-901-2180) to speak to someone about applying.
    • This is open to anyone who has been affected financially by COVID-19.
      • can apply for rent, utility, or residential mortgage assistance
      • funding will be available mid-September
  • HEAP 607-778-1100
    • The 2020-2021 HEAP Season opened on 11/2/20
      • Contact DSS HEAP if you need information on applying (number listed above)
      • You can also apply online at: mybenefits.ny.gov
      • Anyone age 60 or older or receiving SSI/SSD benefits: call the Office for Aging to apply: 607-778-2411
  • IRS Stimulus Check information
  • (Info. below relates to previous Stimulus payments) https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
    • Where’s MY Refund – this function might not work for those who receive Social Security benefits and do not file tax returns. This website checks for information in the IRS system and does not have the information for SSA recipients. 
    • Social Security beneficiaries (Social Security retirement, survivors’ benefits, disability beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)) who typically do not file a tax return and do not have qualifying children under the age of 17 will automatically get the $1,200 payment
    • You should receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as you would normally receive your Social Security benefits
    • Treasury expects automatic payments for Social Security beneficiaries no later than the end of April and automatic payments for SSI recipients no later than early May.
    • www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
      • The above website is for those: 
      • receiving Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and 
      • who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and
      • who have qualifying children under age 17, go to the above website to enter your information so you do not have to wait to receive the full amount
      • SSI recipients with dependent qualifying children under age 17 should also enter their information to receive the full amount their family is eligible for.  
      • Additionally, any new beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, will also need to go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter their information.
    • For residents of Long-Term Care Nursing Homes and Adult Care facilities:
      • The current economic impact payments will not count as income in the month received or as assets for 12 months for SSI or Medicaid purposes
      • No changes should occur to nursing home residents’ Net Available Monthly Income (NAMI)
      • Medicaid Assisted Living Program (ALP) rates and the amount of the spend-down for ALP residents will not be affected
      • Residents account funds should be credited properly by the administrators to show these payments and their availability to the resident
      • Those who receive Social Security retirement, survivors’ benefits, disability insurance, and SSI payments will receive the payment automatically
    • For Nursing home residents who do not receive their stimulus check because of their facility, they should call the Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga Counties.
      • Contact: Action for Older Persons 607-722-1251
  • Pandemic- EBT:
    • All children who qualify for free or reduced price school meals will receive P-EBT, including those who attend schools where all students receive free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision (list of school districts that provide all students free meals is attached)
    • P- EBT doesn’t replace or affect eligibility for other nutrition programs
      • Emergency meals distributed by schools
      • SNAP
      • WIC
      • Summer Meals
      • And/or meals in childcare while receiving P-EBT
    • Eligible families will receive funds on a EBT card
    • Benefits will be $5.70/child, for each day school closed due to Covid-19 Pandemic, back dated to March 16th, about 420.00/ per child
    • $5.70 is equivalent to USDA’s daily reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch.
    • Families DO NOT need to apply (school districts submitted list)
    • Benefits will be automatically issued on existing EBT cards for households that get SNAP, Public Assistance and Medicaid.
    • New cards will be mailed to all other eligible households
    • Distribution will be staggered, with families receiving benefits over the next several months
    • P-EBT allotments will NOT be distributed all at once.
    • https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-E…
  • Project Share Heating Fund Program    
  • SNAP (Food stamps) 
    • Family Enrichment Network NOEP Coordinator
      • NOEP Coordinator can be best reached by email: jeichler@familyenrichment.org and am taking voicemails at the office phone: 607-723-8313 Ext. 827
      • is still assisting with applicants with applying for SNAP
      • Completing prescreen and application over the phone, can make arrangements to get documents and the application signed
      • Can also apply online at mybenefits.ny.gov
    • SNAP (DSS) 607-778-1100
      • Call to make updates or to request an application
      • You can also apply online at mybenefits.ny.gov