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

11.23.2023 & 11.24.2023 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Emergency Housing Assistance Program and Violence Intervention Program 24-hour shelters and hotlines will still be available for those with a need.


What's Happening...


HEAP Open for the Season: The 2023-24 Regular HEAP benefit season opened November 1st. Eligible households may apply online or contact DSS at 607.547.1700 for assistance. Households with person age 60+ can reach out to the Otsego County Office for the Aging application assistance at 607.547.4232.


Warming Station Open: The Oneonta Warming Station - located at 291 Chestnut Street - provides overnight housing for unsheltered persons when the nighttime temperature drops to 32 degrees or below, including wind-chill. 


Still Enrolling! Head Start offers year-round in its center-based and home-based programs. Children must be three years old to start in Head Start classrooms.  Support is also offeresd 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.


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.


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

Annual Report

$5,590,890reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2023)

News & Events

The Board of Directors at Opportunities for Otsego approved a motion to accept the 2023 Otsego County Community Needs Assessment at its September meeting. This is the fourth comprehensive report developed by the agency since 2011.
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.