Helping HandsThe OFB Emergency Assistance Programs assist individuals/families in securing resources to address financial crises. OFB employs trained Family Advocates, who provide emergency assistance including, but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, prescription drugs, fuel, and transportation. Although these programs focus on an acute need at a current point in an individual/family’s life, OFB staff utilizes a Family Development approach, which is strength-based and utilizes an individual’s own attributes and potential resources to attain their personal goals. In addition to the funding provided through these programs, OFB Family Advocates assist program participants with various needs through referrals, as well as assisting them in navigating various systems (i.e. BCDSS,SSI/SSD) to assist them in accessing mainstream benefits. Through the provision of case management, advocates assist participants in setting realistic goals that reduce dependency and encourage self-sufficiency.

The Emergency Assistance Programs currently offered at OFB include the Lend-A-Hand (LAH) program, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and mass food distributions.

Lend- A-Hand: For the LAH program, OFB partners with the Press & Sun-Bulletin to provide emergency assistance to low-income individuals/families when help is not available through other programs/services. Funds are utilized to cover several items that can positively impact an individual/family’s quality of life, which include: emergency medical needs (prescriptions, wheel chairs), essential furniture, appliances, utility bills, car repair, and clothing. Assistance is provided once per calendar year per family/individual. There is a limited funding available per month for assistance. For information and/or an application, please contact Rachel Woodruff at (607) 723-6493.

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Mobile Food Pantry: OFB collaborates with the Food Bank of the Sothern Tier to distribute food to individuals/families in our community. OFB staff and volunteers distribute food at designated times throughout the year at various locations throughout Broome County. For information on site distribution locations, please contact Scott Derr at (607) 723-6493.

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FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP): OFB was awarded funding through the EFSP to provide emergency rental assistance to individuals and families. OFB utilizes the funds to help pay up to one full month’s past due rent or mortgage due to imminent evictions, or will assist in the payment of first month’s rent to help individuals/families attain permanent housing. Payments must guarantee at least an additional 30 days residence. In addition to the funding provided through these programs, OFB Family Advocates assist program participants with various needs through referrals, as well as assisting them in navigating various systems (i.e. BCDSS,SSI/SSD) to assist them in accessing mainstream benefits. Through the provision of case management, advocates assist participants in setting realistic goals that reduce dependency and encourage self-sufficiency. For information and/or an application, please contact Rachel Woodruff at (607) 723-6493.