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Emergency Financial Assistance

Our Samaritan Center provides emergency financial assistance to low income and vulnerable people. Please call ahead to make an appointment to request specific help.

The types of assistance we provide include:

Security Deposits for Housing
The security deposit program is funded through the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency

  • For an appointment, you must bring in your DSS denial letter for a security voucher
  • This is a 2 – 4-week application process
  • Checks mailed directly to the landlord

Utility Payments

  • If you have been denied by DSS or the utility company for emergency assistance, bring in your shut-off notice to your first appointment

Transportation Assistance

  • Bus passes or gas vouchers available for school, medical appointments, or the first few weeks before a paycheck at a new job
  • We will verify work schedules and medical appointments
  • For education, bring your school schedule

Emergency Prescriptions

  • Medically urgent situations only
  • Must have no insurance coverage, or be unable to pay the co-pay
  • Narcotic medication prescriptions are not eligible

Be prepared

*Proof of Income is required for all of these services*

To download a brochure of these services, please click here.

Contact Tompkins Office

324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5062
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed to the public,
Open for appointments
Tuesday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Thursday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Friday: 9AM–12PM, 1–3:30PM
Saturday: Closed

Contact Tioga Office

139 Roki Blvd, Nichols, NY 13812
(607) 414-1023
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed to the public,
Open for emergencies and appointments
Tuesday: 9AM–11:45AM, 1PM–2:45PM
Wednesday: 9AM-11:45AM, 1PM-2:45PM
Thursday: 9AM–11:45AM, 1PM–2:45PM
Friday: 9AM–11:45AM, 1PM–2:45PM
Saturday: Closed



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Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester   ·   1150 Buffalo Road   ·   Rochester, NY 14624
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