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. 

NEW! Emergency Rental Assistance Program:  New York State is now accepting applications for significant financial assistance for low- and moderate-income renters who are behind on rent and utility payments due to COVID. 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. 

Eviction Moratorium: Tenants facing eviction should fill out a Declaration of Hardship form and submit it to their landlord ASAP to have protections from eviction until 08.31.2021. Tenants who are: (A) experiencing financial hardships and/or (B) would be at high-risk for severe illness/death from COVID19 if forced to move must fill out a hardship form and give it to their landlord to be protected. For more information on the New York State Eviction Moratorium, helpful links and FAQ, visit NYS Homes and Community Renewal. Information on the federal Eviction Moratorium may be found on the CDC Website.

Additional Community Supports:

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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: