BUFFALO, N.Y. – Catholic Charities has received a limited amount of federal stimulus money to assist Erie County residents who have recently lost their jobs with food or for one-time help with a rent or mortgage payment.
The funds, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), will assist individuals and families experiencing temporary homelessness or food insecurity as a result of recent unemployment.
"We understand how important this assistance will be for those who are eligible, offering even a thread of hope during these especially challenging times," said Tish Brady, Catholic Charities Metropolitan District Services department director. "As an organization which daily sees the struggles of so many in our community and strives to provide a bit of relief, Catholic Charities welcomes the opportunity to distribute these recovery funds."
The 2009 Federal Poverty Guidelines will be among the criteria used to determine eligibility for food assistance. Other criteria are used to determine eligibility for rental/mortgage assistance. For eligibility details, call Catholic Charities’ Buffalo office at (716) 856-4494.
If an individual is determined to be eligible, walk-in assistance is available at our Buffalo office location at 525 Washington St. Those determined to be eligible also can be seen at one of these offices, but only with an appointment. Please call one of these offices for an appointment:
- Amherst: (716) 839-4066
- Cheektowaga: (716) 681-7394
- Hamburg: (716) 648-6515
- Kenfield (food only): (716) 835-6894
- Kenmore-Tonawanda: (716) 877-8822
- Lackawanna: (716) 822-6877
- South Buffalo: (716) 821-1928
- West Side: (716) 854-3622
Other organizations are also offering assistance through ARRA funds, including Buffalo Urban League for rental and mortgage assistance at (716) 854-7625 and Community Action Organization for food assistance at (716) 881-5150.
Catholic Charities is the single most comprehensive direct human service provider in Western New York, reaching all eight counties with 53 locations. Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities also provides, without regard to religious affiliation, comprehensive counseling services for children and families, anti-domestic violence programming and emergency services, among other social and mental health services.