Catholic Charities, Tompkins/Tioga Counties - Samaritan Center
Resource Details
Alternate Name Catholic Charities
Description Update July 2022- July 21st- This funding has been fully committed- Rental Assistance available for up to 2 months to avoid eviction, cannot be used to move or after moving out of previous apartment. There is a waiting list for this assistance.

Referrals and assistance to low-income residents with urgent needs at its Ithaca offices and  food pantries in Danby, Groton and Caroline.
  • free clothing, personal care products, linens, towels sheets and diapers
  • accepts donations of bedding (sheets, blankets,etc.), towels and clean clothing for men, women and children, including new shoes.
Once-a-year emergency financial help when resources are available:
  • security deposits (limited funding available), eligibility requirements:
    • Tompkins County resident moving within Tompkins County
    • ineligible for Department of Social Services security deposit voucher
    • family hasn't previously received security deposit funds
    • Jan 2022- Funds are now limited based on number of bedrooms and process for receiving assistance is about 2 weeks
  • utilities- Must have shut-off notice and denial from DSS
  • back rent - see above update July 2022
  • prescription medications
  • transportation, bus passes or gas vouchers  for
    • education (semester long)**
    • employment (verification required-not to look for employment)
    • medical emergency appointments within Tompkins County
**"Passes to Self Sufficiency:"  semester-long bus passes and gas vouchers for lower-income students, 21 and younger, living in Tompkins County and continuing their education at college,  trade school or a GED program.

Tompkins County site for:
  • Child Health Plus and Medicaid applications
  • Food Stamps screening

Annual "Share the Warmth" winter clothing drive gathers items at red collection bins throughout Tompkins County. Seeks donations of  clean items in good condition (working zippers, no missing buttons, no spots/stains).  Donors must provide a list of items for a tax receipt.

Coverage Area NY - Tompkins County; NY - Tioga County;

Defined coverage areas:
New York - Tioga County
New York - Tompkins County
Physical Address 324 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
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Hours Of Operation Closed 12 Noon-1pm

Tue: 9am 3:30pm
Wed: 9am 3:30pm
Thu: 9am 3:30pm
Fri: 9am 3:30pm
Eligibility Tompkins County residents, based on family income
Eligibility: Adult: Yes; Teen: Yes; Child: Yes; Family: Yes; Female: Yes; Male: Yes;
Programs at this agency Catholic Charities, Tompkins/Tioga Counties - Justice and Peace
Catholic Charities, Tompkins/Tioga Counties - Family Empowerment Services
Catholic Charities, Tompkins/Tioga Counties - Immigrant Services Program
Catholic Charities, Tompkins/Tioga Counties, A Place to Stay

Contact Information
Mailing Address 324 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
Fax Number 607-272-4427
Main 607-272-5062 ext 27
Phone 2 607-272-5062 ext 21
Phone 3 607-272-5062 ext 19
Main Contact Name Michaela Cortright
Main Contact Title Deputy Director and Samaritan Center Director
Main Contact Phone 607-272-5062 ext 17
Main Contact Email Address
Director or Senior Administrator Name Renee Spear
Director or Senior Administrator Title Executive Director
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 607-272-5062 Ext 13
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address


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