71%

Percentage of extremely low-income renters who spend over half their income on housing

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COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates

Housing Stability Survey: Help the Otsego County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Taskforce determine how many local families are facing eviction and/or have concerns about paying rent, their mortgage, or other housing costs. Take the short survey.

Opportunity House homeless shelter is open and fully operational. Persons needing emergency housing or eviction prevention services should call the Emergency Housing Assistance Program 24-hour hotline at 607.433.8318. Please know that OFO is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of staff and residents at the shelter and is adhering to guidance from the NYS OTDA.

Evictions and COVID-19 in New York State: Per Executive Order 202.8, dated March 20, 2020, the Governor has issued an eviction moratorium stating that no evictions will be enforced for a period of ninety days. This in effect until June 17, 2020. In addition, NYS Courts are currently closed to new filings of any non-essential matters and evictions are not considered “essential”.There are no eviction filings or enforcement of eviction warrants as long as this is in effect; however, you are still obligated to pay rent.

The Emergency Housing Assistance Program is here to help with matters of eviction. You may be eligible for assistance to help prevent you from becoming homeless, such as payment of back rent and/or ongoing rental assistance. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 607.433.8318.

Additional Community Supports:

 Any updates will be posted here and on Opportunities for Otsego Facebook page.

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Our Emergency Housing program helps homeless and at-risk households during their transition from temporary to permanent housing. We assign a case manager to help you connect to community resources and find safe, stable housing. We also offer additional support to ensure the maintenance of housing.

Our programs are completely free to income-eligible households, with a minimal fee for non-eligible households.

Services offered by Emergency Housing:

  • 24-hour hotline
  • Emergency shelter and off-site lodging
  • Rent/mortgage assistance
  • Eviction prevention and housing location
  • Assistance in speaking with landlords
  • Goal planning based on a households needs and strengths
  • Information and referrals to community programs
  • Budget counseling
  • Linkages to legal services to prevent eviction
  • Transportation assistance
  • Ongoing case management through one-on-one support and home visits

Call us today or stop in:

  • 10-20 Depew Street, Oneonta - We're open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
  • For emergencies, call our 24-Hour Emergency Housing Hotline: 607.433.8318

This program is funded in part by:

For more information:

Download our program brochure:

Housing Applications: