(Home Energy Assistance Program): Oneida County
If you can't afford to pay your home energy bill, your home may not be safe, and you may be at risk of serious illness or injury. The Home Energy Assistance Program assists low-income households that pay a high proportion of their household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. The HEAP program may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance: bill payment assistance; energy crisis assistance; weatherization and energy-related home repair
Runaway & Homeless
The goal of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is to ensure the safety of youth and help them to get off the streets, to reunite youth with their families whenever possible. The program serves youth up to age 21 years and their families. Services are free and confidential. Short-term residential services are provided via volunteer Host Family Homes or staff will work with youth on a non-residential basis.
Other services offered include:
- Crisis Counseling; intervention
- Referrals to other agencies/services
- Advocacy with other agencies
- Prevention education
- Transportation when necessary
- Aftercare services
The program is in operation 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
The youth must call to initiate services, as the program is voluntary. Call 315-624-9930.
Community Action Angels
Often times, the immediate needs of families to obtain stability do not fall within regular funding guidelines. Needs such as household items, bedding, clothing, car seats, bus passes, etc.are all vital to a family’s ability to function in society; however, these are the needs that are not addressed under most funding sources.
To address this need, MVCAA developed its MVCAA Angels program. MVCAA Angels take requests for these everyday necessities and, through a network of volunteers, attempts to fulfill these needs on an individual basis. MVCAA’s Angels accepts donations of personal hygiene products, household items, furniture, etc., as well as monetary donations to help low-income families across the service area. MVCAA Angels have helped the mother escaping domestic violence issues to reestablish a household; provided teens with needed personal hygiene products; supplied new parents with formula and car seats; assisted seniors by replacing refrigerators and appliances that no longer work. The Angels have developed a network of staff, community members, and organizations that can quickly come to the aid of a family in need. The Angels have partnered in the past with the Taco Bell Foundation, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, local businesses, and community members. In order for families to concentrate their efforts on the long-range goal of self-sufficiency, the immediate emergency needs must be addressed to stabilize a family. MVCAA Angels is often the only source that can provide that assistance. An all volunteer/donation project, MVCAA's Community Action Angels have helped hundreds of people throughout the community.