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Financial help from St. Lawrence County Community Development Program.

Families from St. Lawrence County and Canton New York can get help from the non-profit CDP, or Community Development Program. The organizations offers assistance to low income families, seniors, the poor and less fortunate. Details on what is available is below.

Food assistance from regional pantries assist with providing free groceries, basic needs, food and addressing other emergencies. The sites may have information on financial aid as well, such as utilities, emergency rental programs, fuel and shelter. The staff of the CDP work with families in the field of job retention, family development, budgeting, education and job searches. The funding is done by the government, United Way and other private donations. The neighborhood centers and pantries are located in the following parts of the county.
Canton 315-386-3541
Ogdensburg 315-393-5561
Colton 315-262-3175
Parishville 315-265-6180
Gouverneur 315-287-3370
Potsdam 315-265-3920
Massena 315-764-0050
Pierrepont 315-386-8311

A pre-school resource, or the Head Start Program, is federally funded. It is a resource for families who are economically disadvantaged and meet low income guidelines. The program will assist children between the ages of three and five. It is a comprehensive pre-kindergarten program that provides clients and their children with physical, education and mental health services. Other assistance includes free food, nutrition, and the possibility of medical care. It depends on parental involvement and offers referrals to other local social services. Bus services and transportation is also provided if needed.





Energy conservation - Weatherization is created for homeowners and also renters in the Canton New York area. It can make their house or rental unit more energy efficient. There are some income guidelines and criteria to qualify for this program. There is also often a backlog of homes to be worked on in St. Lawrence County. The process of weatherization will help with the insulation of attic, floor and sidewalls; replacement of doors and windows, furnace repairs; and even the free installation of safety measures.

This particular St. Lawrence County Community Development Program helps in reducing energy costs for the occupants, reduces the nation’s overall dependence on imported oil reserves, and increase the level of comfort in their homes. It is effective for saving money in the North County, and find more details on energy conservation from weatherization.

Rent help is available from the Housing Choice Voucher Program. It is paid for by the Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) with an aim of providing housing assistance. It will cover a portion of the cost of affordable rental units for those families who have income eligibility. The idea is to offer affordable and safe housing for those that qualify. St. Lawrence County Community Development Program (CDP) is the authorized administrator for the County under the New York State Housing and Community Renewal.

Staff from the non-profit inspect the rental units and ensure that the landlords complete all the necessary repairs. The units after all need to meet the requirements set aside by the program before a family moves into these home or apartments. In addition to that, regular inspections and re-certification is a feature of this section 8 voucher program.

Case management on a personalized basis is part of the Family Self-Sufficiency program. The program is for those members who want to gain stability and economic independence. It involves case management on a personalized basis and helps families to receive support from the state of New York, St. Lawrence county and community agencies. The FSS program covers educational and work skills to help develop confidence in the candidate to access good jobs in the market.

A Home Ownership Program has the objective of helping eligible families to buy their first home. It allows them to use rental assistance voucher from HUD to take care of and pay their mortgage payment. Families who qualify for participation in this program will have to attend workshops such as financial literacy classes. This can include credit counseling and the homebuyers’ education classes that are offered by the North Country Housing Council.

Other financial literacy workshops from the community action agency cover important subjects like debt reduction, assistance in getting a home loan and budgeting. Staff from the St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc. will direct participants to solutions that may be able to help the families with their payments for up to fifteen years. They also help with applications to credit card hardship programs, which are great for reducing high cost credit card debts

Transportation Services is a Demand Response program. It also involves other contractual services to transport physically and mentally disadvantaged people or seniors. They can get a ride to sites such as day treatment centers, shopping, education, work or training experience. This service is also available to get to medical appointments with approved physicians.





Care for seniors, the sick, and disabled is covered by the Personal Care Program. It helps the residents of St. Lawrence County New York during their periods of illness or disability. It assists if they suffer from any injury or get bogged down from age-related limitations.

Support is provided for such people to remain in their homes. The aides from CDP help such individuals to maintain a level of some independence in their current environment. This program is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Social Services.

There is also professional supervision that takes place by registered professional nurses from th Canton area. What may be provided includes access to aides are to help in dressing, bathing, grooming, walking, and housework, laundering and shopping.

Call the St. Lawrence County Community Development Program or CDP at (315) 386-1102. The main office is located at One Commerce Lane, Canton, New York 13617.

By Jon McNamara

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