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

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

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10.09.2023 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed for Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day. The Emergency Housing Assistance Program and Violence Intervention Program 24-hour shelters and hotlines will still be available for those with a need.

10.19.2023 - Wear Purple Day: Whether a shirt, skirt, tie, or nail polish wear purple to show support for victims of domestic violence. Take a selfie or group photo with friends or coworkers and and share on social media with the hashtags #PurpleThursday #NYGoesPurple4DV #SpeakUp4Survivors #Every1KnowsSome1.


What's Happening...


Applications Open for New Ford Block Housing in Oneonta! Submit your application by October 31st to be included in the lottery for the newest affordable housing in Otsego County. Studio, 1, and 2 bedroom units available. Find details here.


Now Enrolling! Head Start is now enrolling for the 2023-2024 program year. Children must be three years old to start in the Head Start classroom this fall.  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.


Utility Assistance: If you have a past due utility bill, contact your provider ASAP and consider these assistance programs:


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

Annual Report

$4,965,745reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2022)

News & Events

Head Start is now enrolling pregnant women and children up to age five for the 2023-2024 program year.
Opportunities for Otsego’s Director of Crisis Intervention Services has been appointed to serve a 3-year term on the New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
03.06.2023 - Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) contacted Opportunities for Otsego to share that its Head Start program was awarded $4,350,804 through its refunding application to support continued Head Start and Early Head Start programming.