Resource Guide of Tompkins County

Emergency Services

Covid-19 Vaccination and
Safety Protocols / Transmission Data Updates

Call 911
Fire, Crime, Medical Emergency

Advocacy Center Hotline
(607) 277-5000

National Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Information Center
(800) 784-6776

Tompkins County Department of Social Services
(607) 274-2444

NYS Child Protective Services
(800) 342-3720

Suicide Prevention & Crisis
(607) 272-1616

Covid-19 Ithaca Free Food

Free Food for Pick-Up

Collegetown Bagels Community Kitchen 
Pay what you can
Up to 2 items per person per day
Open Daily 7AM – 5PM
Free food table outside 4–5PM 
City Center, 301 E. State St.
(607) 273-2848

Southside Community Center
Three days’ worth of groceries each visit
Fridays 2:00 – 4:00PM and Saturdays 12:00 – 2:00PM
305 S. Plain Street
(607) 273-4190

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard
Three days’ worth of groceries each visit
Monday through Thursday 1:30 – 3:00PM
Salvation Army, 150 N. Albany Street
(607) 273-2400

Enfield Food Distribution
Enfield Community Building
182 Main Road, Enfield, NY 14850
Sundays and Mondays 11:00am – 1:00pm

Weekly Free Food Distribution
Thursdays between 3-5pm
706 West Buffalo Street
Behind the old Greenstar Classrooms
Donations Welcome from 12:30-2:30pm

Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Provides nonperishables and frozen items 
Tues. and Thurs. from 1:00 – 4:00PM
301 W. Court Street
(607) 272-3622

Multicultural Resource Center
Provides nonperishables and other items
Monday through Friday 12PM – 4:00PM
516 W. MLK Jr. (State) Street Ithaca
(607) 319-2622

Loaves and Fishes
Provides meals packaged and served to go
Mon., Wed. Fri. 12:00 – 1:00 PM
and Tues./Thurs. 5:30 – 6:30PM 
St. John’s Episcopal Church
210 N. Cayuga Street
(607) 272-5457

St. John’s Community Services
Pantry open 9AM – 9PM 7 days a week
618 W. MLK Jr. (State) Street Ithaca
(607) 354-8990

YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County
Assorted fresh foods
Customer Choice Model
Mondays and Fridays 12–5PM*
50 Graham Rd.

*Follow for updates.

PressBay Friendship Food Pantry
Assorted fresh foods
Customer Choice Model
Mondays 3–5PM
Outdoors @ 110-1 W Green St.

Tompkins Community Action Pantry
Call 273-8816 (press option 8) to schedule
an appointment to pick up food.
701 Spencer Rd.

Baptized Church of Jesus Christ
Wednesdays 10AM-12PM
3rd Saturdays 10AM–12:30PM
412 First St. 

Calvary Baptist Church Pantry
3rd Saturdays 10AM–12PM
507 N. Albany St.

Danby Federation Church
1859 Danby Road
Danby, NY
4th Monday of each month from 3pm to 7.
Telephone – 607-273-7850

Brooktondale Community Center
Food distributions take place on the first and third Mondays of every month between 5 PM and 7 PM at the Old Fire Hall, 522 Valley Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817

Because of social distancing requirements, clients are being assigned a pick up time according to the first letter of their last name. The lists rotate for each next distribution.

Tompkins County Mutual Aid
Community Food Sharing Cabinets
Find a Cabinet by Clicking Here

Free Food for Delivery

211 Tompkins Cortland
Call 2-1-1 between 8:30 am to 5 pm for help getting emergency or regular food delivery. For emergency food delivery, your information will go to United Way who is organizing food delivery via Gadabout from the food hub. 2-1-1 operators at the Human Services Coalition will help answer your questions and connect you to local food assistance agencies and other helpful resources. 

United Way Free Food Delivery
Fill out this emergency food delivery request form here.
Call 211 for support to fill out the google form.

Tompkins Home Delivery (
Fill out this delivery request form 
Phone:  (607) 246-3255

Tompkins County Mutual Aid
Visit the Tompkins County Immediate Needs Facebook Page to connect with neighbors about food needs.

Email us at
with direct food needs Or call (607) 279-2201 or (607) 288-3252

Helpful Links

Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS)
320 W. State St., Ithaca NY
(607) 274-5680

Previously known as Food Stamps, the Federal SNAP program provides low-income households monthly benefits to purchase food. Income and resource standards vary according to age, health, household size, and household expenditures.

Friendship Donations Network Food Distribution Programs
Tompkins County Mutual Aid Food Resources Page

Clothing / Thrift Stores

Mary Durham Boutique – Women’s Opportunity Center
110 W Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-9957

ReUse (Triphammer Location)
2255 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-9699

Salvation Army
381 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 728-7825

Thrifty Shopper
376 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 220-1992

Trader K’s
119 E State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-4011


Catholic Charities
324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5062

The clothing closet is free of charge and is available to all Tompkins County residents. Each person is allowed 10 articles of clothing every month.

910 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7885

OAR has a small closet available of clothes received as donations. There are various sizes for men, women, and children when available.

Women’s Opportunity Center
315 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1520

WOC has a closet designated to female clients that consists of professional clothing for interviews, jobs, etc.


Caroline Town Court
2670 Slaterville Rd, Slaterville Springs, NY 14881
(607) 539-7796

Cayuga Heights Village Court
836 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-3944

Danby Town Court
1830 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-0095

Dryden Town Court
93 E Main St, Dryden, NY 13053
(607) 844-8888

Enfield Town Court
182 Enfield Main Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-0529

Freeville Village Court
5 Factory St, Freeville, NY 13068
(607) 844-8470

Groton Town Court
101 Conger Blvd, Groton, NY 13073
(607) 898-3711

Ithaca City Court
118 E Clinton St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 216-6660

Ithaca Town Court
215 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-0493

Lansing Town Court
29 Auburn Rd, Lansing, NY 14882
(607) 533-4776

Newfield Town Court
166 Main St, Newfield, NY 14867
(607) 564-9982

Tompkins County Court
(Includes Family Court, Drug Court, Mental Health Court)
320 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 216-6610

Ulysses Town Court
10 Elm St, Trumansburg, NY 14886
(607) 387-5411

Domestic Violence

The Advocacy Center
PO Box 164, Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 277-3203

The goal of the Advocacy Center is to help reduce the trauma that results from domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. Services include: crisis intervention, emotional support, shelter at our safe house, support groups and empowerment classes, going with you to services such as hospital, police, court proceedings or social services, legal advocacy, help with orders of protection, safety planning, therapy services and referrals, sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program at Cayuga Medical Center, assistance applying for NYS Crime Victims Board compensation, information and referrals, and prevention education and lending library


GED/HSE and Tutoring

Day Reporting
320 W State / MLK Jr. St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-7504

Day Reporting is an innovative option for individuals who are a part of re-entry or who have had prior or current involvement with the Department of Probation and Community Justice that increases community-based supervision, provides classes and counseling, enhances family functioning, and reserves jail resources for those most appropriate for incarceration. Participants are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their actions, repair the harm caused to their victims, their families and their communities, and develop skills to enable them to become more productive members of the community.

Tompkins County Learning Partners
124 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-6442

Adult Basic Education (ABE): Adults students work with tutors one-on-one or in small groups to improve reading, writing, math, or computer skills. Students’ levels range from basic to intermediate.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Adult immigrants work with tutors one-on-one or in small groups to gain greater proficiency in the English language. Some students also work toward citizenship, math or computer literacy. Students levels range from beginning to advanced.

Learning Web
515 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 275-0122

Through the Youth Outreach Program, Learning Web offers services to teens and young adults, ages 16-24, who do not have stable housing. Youth Outreach helps with finding housing and jobs, completing school, parenting, housekeeping, managing finances, and virtually all components of independent living.

Southside Community Center
305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-4190

Tutoring on all subjects offered from local college students, many from Cornell University. An opportunity for younger students to get academic support as well as learn about the college experience from those currently enrolled.

555 Warren Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-1551

Services include Adult Basic Education (ABE) and adult secondary education for High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation. These HSE courses help prepare adult learners for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which is an exam similar in scope to the previously administered GED exam. Additional adult education courses are offered in areas of specialized training such as welding, computer technology, security officer training, CDL, OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR, hydraulics, and defensive driving and coaching. All adult education courses are open to anyone 18 years old or older.


College Initiative Upstate (CIU)
(A program of OAR of Tompkins County)

910 W State/MLK Jr. St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Benay Rubenstein (607) 351-5028
Suzanne Burnham (607) 882-0355

CIU creates pathways from jail and prison to college by eliminating barriers to higher education and promoting leadership, self-advocacy, and long-term success. CIU helps first-time and transfer students navigate the complex college admission process for applicants with criminal records, works with student loans in default, provides ongoing mentorship, and much more. All services are free of charge and available to anyone ever court-involved.


Access-VR (formerly VESID)
171 E State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 721-8400

ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

Challenge Workforce Solutions
950 Danby Rd #179, Ithaca NY
Bethany Duke (607) 272-8990 ext. 175

Challenge offers Job Placement Services for job seekers who receive public assistance or have legal issues.

The following services are offered:
(a) Vocational assessments – standardized and situational groups
(b) On the job try-outs at local employers or at our own businesses
(c) Job development and job search skill and activities
(d) Job coaching/training
(e) After initial placement and training, Challenge provides ongoing support to maintain your job, look for advancement opportunities, and continue your career path for as long as needed.

Day Reporting (Probation)
320 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-7504

Individuals who are a part of re-entry or who have had prior or current involvement with the Department of Probation and Community Justice have access to computers as well as staff who will help them set up their resume and have potential job leads for individuals to apply to. Ready Set Work! Is 20 hour skill based training to equip individuals with the necessary tools to get and retain quality employment. There is also an emphasis on career planning and advancement, to encourage longevity in legitimate employment. This program is available for individuals who are part of re-entry or who have had prior involvement with Tompkins County Probation.

Express Employment Professionals
222 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-2121

Express Employment Professionals works with job seekers to help them find the right job for their skills and experience. They have a variety of jobs available, and there are full-time, part-time, and temporary positions available.

Finger Lakes ReUse
Ithaca ReUse Center, 214 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-9699

ReSET Tech is a 10-week, unpaid entry level job training program. Participants learn in a hands-on environment, through exposure and participation in day-to-day business activities in the Finger Lakes ReUse eCenter Computer ReUse program. Those who successfully complete the entry level training are invited to apply for a competitive 15-week full-time paid apprenticeship.

Hospitality Employment Training Program
Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-3622

In HETP, participants receive training and work experience to start a fulfilling career in the hospitality industry. Participants complete the program over six months and leave with a comprehensive resume of certifications and on the job training, putting them in a competitive position for supervisory roles.

Learning Web
515 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 275-0122

The Supported Employment program is for participants in our Youth Outreach Program, young adults ages 16-24, who do not have stable housing and wish to improve their education and employment skills. Participants receive help finding and keeping jobs that offer opportunities for advancement.

910 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7885

OAR has a drop-in center featuring employment boards that are constantly updated, a phone for public use, and a computer that can be used to create or edit your resume or look for job postings.

Office for the Aging
214 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5482

Employment and training program for individuals age 55 or older with incomes below 125% of poverty-level. The program assists individuals who cannot get a job on their own. It provides participants with a community placement where they make minimum wage for 20 hours a week while they gain the skills to obtain unsubsidized employment.

224 S Fulton St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-5335

Offers applicants, employees, and clients unmatched personal attention and web-based solutions by using a combination of internet job boards, online services, and local recruiters.

Women’s Opportunity Center
315 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1520

The Women’s Opportunity Center is leading low income women to the pathway out of poverty by providing them individualized career counseling, training and removing barriers to become job ready and find employment. WOC assists in removing barriers to employment by providing scholarships, guidance, and referrals to other programs as needed.

Tompkins County Workers’ Center
115 E State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
Hotline (607) 269-0409

The Tompkins County Workers’ Center’s (TCWC) role in the community is fourfold: the Workers’ Rights Hotline; local community union organizing; the Living Wage Campaign; and community outreach through the Occupational Safety and Health programs.

Tompkins County Workforce NY Career Center
171 E State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7570

Tompkins Workforce New York provides a convenient, one-stop shopping approach for accessing employment-related services for businesses, workers, and job seekers in Tompkins County. Assistance also available for youth: summer and year-round employment opportunities, information about careers, access to education and training programs, etc.

Financial Services and Assistance

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
125 N Fulton St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-4611

Alternatives helps people with money, but we aren’t a bank. We’re a nonprofit credit union that offers free classes, 1:1 conversations, plus (of course) everything else you expect like savings & checking accounts, loans, online account access — basically we offer all the tools and guidance that people & small businesses need to find financial stability. Whatever your need or financial fear, Alternatives offers a safe space to ask your questions and get some answers. Examples of ways we help? Our ReEntry Loan Program specifically supports formerly incarcerated people with covering some expenses as they return to their community. Our Back On Track loans help folks weather unexpected financial storms. Our Free Tax Preparation Program ensures workers claim the refund they deserve without paying expensive, predatory preparation fees. For this and more, give us a call, follow us on social media, or visit anytime.

Catholic Charities
324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5062

May help with security deposits for first time renters.

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

301 W Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-3622

The Robin Fund may provide money to avoid eviction, utility shut-offs, for grandparent raising grandchildren in need of an adaptive device, and to help deal with many other financial crises when available.

Tompkins County Department of Social Services

320 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5680

Cash assistance programs provide financial help to families and individuals as well as some emergency assistance. Income eligibility standards and benefit levels vary depending on the household situation.

Tompkins Trust Company
701 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-6171

Will accept ID from incarceration to cash certified checks for individuals without a bank account or NYS ID.


Neighbor 2 Neighbor

Works with people to meet their needs for a safe, sturdy, and functional home when they don’t have the resources to repair or furnish them. Possible delivery, if necessary. To submit a request for beds/furniture/services, contact any caseworker at an agency to submit the referral via the website.

Finger Lakes ReUse
Ithaca ReUse Center, 214 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Triphammer ReUse Center, 2255 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-9699

ReUse offers almost anything you can think of at prices 90% below retail. Find office supplies, construction material, housewares, electronics, furniture, cookware, hardware, tools, and much more. Inventory and deals change daily.

The Salvation Army Family Store
381 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5323



St. John’s Community Services
618 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 354-8990

St. John’s provides emergency shelter to families and individuals experiencing homelessness, a drop-in day center, as well as a food pantry and emergency food services for those in need.

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca
127 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-7484

The Open Doors program is for runaway and homeless youth up to age 21, emergency, short-term housing with volunteer host homes is available on a night-by-night basis, depending on volunteer availability. Host Homes provide emergency respite to youth that are committed to the ultimate goal of family reunification.


Lakeview Supportive Housing
(CR) Community Residence Housing

(A) Markham House
607 Cascadilla Street , Ithaca, New York
(607) 277-0385

(B) Elmshade
402 South Albany Street. Ithaca, New York
(607) 645-0124

Lakeview’s Supportive Housing program is designed to assist individuals to live as independently as possible in the community of their choice. Supportive housing has shown great success by creating opportunities for achieving stability, increasing skill levels and obtaining greater autonomy. Lakeview’s programs encompass a wide range of approaches to recovery assisting enrolled individuals to meaningfully integrate within their community of choice. Lakeview’s Supportive Housing approach honors hope, respect and dignity to safeguard those recovering from a severe and persistent mental illness to full community integration with added supports to achieve recovery goals. The Supportive Housing program ensures that individuals exercise their right to choose where they are going to live taking into consideration the available housing options in their community. Qualified individuals must meet the guidelines issued by OMH and HUD Section 8 Housing.

Lakeview Supportive Housing is available in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Livingston and Tomkins Counties for those who have demonstrated ties to the community and have the ability to sustain themselves in an independent living situation.

in addition to recovering from a severe and persistent mental illness, qualified individuals include, but are not limited to those who:

Have graduated from a certified residential program
Have been referred by their service providers, internal referrals or self referrals
Are residents moving from an adult home
Are homeless

In addition to locating and securing suitable housing, Lakeview’s Supportive Housing Staff may be assist individuals with:

Locating and securing safe and affordable housing
Accessing start-up funds for security deposits, furnishings and utilities
Securing on-going rental assistance
Financial planning, management and assistance
Negotiating with landlords
Maintenance and upkeep of apartment

Lakeview’s Supportive Apartment Program
114 S Geneva St STE A
(607) 277-4768

Supportive Apartment programs offer a variety of shared and single living environments with easy access to public transportation, shopping, schools, work, banking, health care providers, and recreational activities. Staff are available on-site during daytime and evening hours, and are accessible by phone for after-hours emergencies. Our apartments are located in Clifton Springs, Canandaigua, Geneva, Ithaca, Seneca Falls, and Newark.

Advocacy Center
(607) 277-3203

Safe housing for domestic violence victims. Location confidential.

Catholic Charities
324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5062

“A Place to Stay” will offer women in crisis short term housing in a stable, clean and peaceful home environment while gaining skills and experiences designed to enhance their self-efficacy and independence.

Rescue Mission Alliance
Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

House on Court Street provides supportive transitional housing for homeless men. 6 months – 2 year allowable stay. Referrals come from the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Endeavor House
(A program of OAR of Tompkins County)

Endeavor House is a transitional-living house for five men returning to the community.

Learning Web
515 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 275-0122

In the Housing Scholarship Program (HSP),The Learning Web pays rent and utilities for 12 months, allowing participants to concentrate on finishing school or working towards a better job. This program is designed for individuals aged 16-24.


Ithaca Housing Authority
800 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8629

Public Housing Program: This subsidized housing program allows qualified applicants the opportunity to rent safe, clean and affordable housing units that are owned by Ithaca Housing Authority with assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IHA owns and maintains 341 Public Housing units throughout the City of Ithaca.

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) (formerly Section 8): This subsidized housing program allows qualified participants the opportunity to rent housing units in the private market via federal funds provided to Ithaca Housing Authority by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The tenant generally pays between 30-40% of their adjusted monthly income towards their rental obligations.

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
115 W Clinton St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-4500

INHS is dedicated to helping people of modest incomes find—and stay in—high-quality housing throughout central New York’s Tompkins County, a goal that benefits the entire community. This is accomplished by providing low-interest loans to first-time homebuyers, managing well-maintained rental units, rehabbing old homes, providing home-repair assistance to seniors, and more.

Tompkins Community Action
701 Spencer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8816

Helps with housing and rental assistance for low-income individuals.

1. Amici House
701 Spencer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
The Amici House provides affordable housing services and childcare for homeless between the ages of 18 and 25.

2. Chartwell House
322 N. Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1154

Permanent single room occupancy (SRO), subsidized supportive residence for homeless men in active recovery from alcohol and/or substance abuse. Chartwell House staff works with the tenants to create a supportive, safe and sober living environment and to use community support services reach individual goals.

3. Corn Street Apartments
309 S Corn St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 216-0457

Permanent or transitional supportive housing apartments for homeless pregnant or parenting young families with the head of household between the ages of 18-25

4. Magnolia House
320 N Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 379-6107

Magnolia House is a permanent supportive housing program for homeless women in recovery of substance abuse located at 320 North Meadow Street in Ithaca, NY. This program serves women and children, if appropriate, by providing 14 enhanced studio apartments, common areas to promote community and space for visitation, a commercial training kitchen, laundry facilities, as well as training and outdoor space. Magnolia House supports each tenant with developing positive housing skills in an alcohol and drug free environment.

Supportive services focus on developing/maintaining independent living skills, family reunification, connection to Early Head Start and Head Start programs, defining personal needs and developing personal goal plans. Training topics include food preparation, job readiness, options to further education, financial literacy, and other life skills including parenting, conflict resolution and nutrition and will be conducted by TCAction staff as well as many community partners.

Eligibility Requirements: Female, 18 or older Be literally homeless at time of application (The definition of homeless for HUD-funded Supportive Housing Programs (SHP) is: A homeless person is someone who is living on the street or in an emergency shelter, or who would be living on the street or in an emergency shelter without the SHP assistance) Currently in recovery from substance abuse, with at least 30 days of sobriety. Have no recent violent criminal offenses. Eligible for Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8)

Application Process: Applications for Magnolia House can be picked up/turned in on-site at 320 N Meadow St, along with an HCVP application After information is verified and applicant meets all eligibility requirements, applicant will have an in-person interview with Magnolia House Program Manager. There are no fees involved but if the applicant is accepted into the program, she will need to find the means to cover the security deposit of $719.00 (folks usually go through DSS for this)

Contact info:
Laurie Davis, Resident Partner or Kris Sauseda, Residential Program Manager at Magnolia House 607-379-6107. Fax number 607-379-6109

5. HCVP (formerly Section 8)
701 Spencer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8629

Provides rental subsidies to income-eligible individuals and households. Participants generally pay between 30-40% of their monthly adjusted income towards their housing cost and the remainder is directly paid to the landlord. Housing Services staff perform health and safety inspections on each housing unit before rental assistance can begin and at least once per year thereafter.

Lakeview Health Services
(SRO) Single Residence Occupancy

320 Third St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-0035

Lakeview’s (SRO) Single Residence Occupancy is a 38 bed program located in Ithaca with on-site support specifically targeted to individuals who have had limited success in other housing environments. Each individual has a private room with a bathroom and kitchenette. The SRO provides meals through its kitchen for those who participate in the meal plan. Program staff provide a range of services that include medication management and daily living skills. This program differs from Lakeview’s other residential options in that it does not fall within the traditional rehabilitation model. For this reason, both staff and residents have the ability to create service plans based on quality of life goals that do not necessarily revolve around transition to more independent living.

Second Wind Cottages
1435 Elmira Rd, Newfield, NY 14867
(607) 564-6087

Permanent, single occupancy cottages for formerly homeless or at-risk homeless men 18 or older.

Other Resources – Energy Assistance and Housing Maintenance

Cornell Cooperative Extension
615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-2292

Offers support and resources with maintaining and repairing your house, conserving energy, emergency preparedness, etc.

Tompkins County DSS
320 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5680

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income households meet the high costs of home energy. Income and resource eligibility standards change annually. A single annual benefit based on the household’s method of heating is provided. Emergency assistance is also available.

ID Assistance

Day Reporting
320 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-7504

Individuals who are a part of re-entry or who have had involvement with the Department of Probation and Community Justice can work with staff to obtain necessary documents for a New York State ID.

OAR of Tompkins County
910 W State/MLK Jr. St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7885

If you have ever been incarcerated at the Tompkins County Jail, or know someone who has, OAR can help you get birth certificates, IDs, Sheriff IDs, etc.

Tompkins County DMV
301 3rd St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-7187

Issues New York State IDs for individuals who have 6 points of documentation (in addition to birth certificate). If you need a replacement, IDs can be reissued without needing additional documentation as long as it is not expired.

Tompkins County Jail
779 Warren Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-5316

Upon release, TCJ can provide a Sheriff ID which includes your photo, fingerprint, and signature. A Sheriff ID can be worth points at the local DMV office to obtain NYS ID.

Law Enforcement

Cayuga Heights Police Department
836 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-1011

Dryden Village Police Department
16 South St, Dryden, NY 13053
(607) 844-8118

Ithaca Police Department
120 E Clinton St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-9973

Groton Police Department
108 E Cortland St, Groton, NY 13073
(607) 898-3131

Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office
779 Warren Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-5316

Trumansburg Police Department
5 Elm St, Trumansburg, NY 14886
(607) 387-6505

Legal Assistance

Assigned Counsel
Center Ithaca, 171 E State/MLK Jr. St.
Suite #223, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7487

Receives and reviews all applications for free attorney services and determines eligibility. Financial eligibility levels include: automatic eligibility for public assistance, poverty level, and inability to afford counsel. Attorneys are provided for violations, misdemeanors, felonies, and appeals in criminal court, and most matters in family court.

Catholic Charities
324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5062

Individuals and families that are eligible for immigration benefits, but who cannot afford private attorneys, are provided with low-cost immigration counseling and representation. Catholic Charities is the only non-profit agency in Tompkins County recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA) and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to provide legal immigration services to clients.

Cornell Law School Public Service
128E Hughes Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3597

Cornell Law School offers a range of law clinics that represent a limited number of clients who may not be able to afford an attorney.

Visit this website to make an appointment:

902 Taber St, Suite #1, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-3667

SSI/SSD: Denials, terminations

Consumer: Frozen bank accounts

Income Maintenance: SSI, TANF, SNAP, unemployment insurance benefits

Public Benefits: TANF, SNAP, HEAP, Medicaid, Unemployment

Housing: Landlord disputes, eviction proceedings, utility shut-offs, Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8)

Miscellaneous: Power of Attorney/Health Care Proxies for clients over 60 (funding from County Office for the Aging)

Re-Entry: Review rap sheets for errors, employment/licensing discrimination, CPS, SORA, certificates of relief.

Medical Needs and Healthcare

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
612 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-0960

A local organization serving individuals with information and resources around Tompkins County. Services include: Information & Support, peer to peer support, correspondence program, support groups, wellness programs (yoga and water exercise), collaboration with Cornell University researchers, financial advocacy, library, Boutique, and more.

Cayuga Medical Center
101 Dates Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-4011

Groton Community Health Care Center
120 Sykes St, Groton, NY 13073
(607) 898-5876

Groton Community Health Care offers IRA’s, short term rehabilitation (including physical, occupational, and speech therapies), respite care, long term care, and palliative care services in an 80 bed non-profit skilled nursing facility. Private and semi-private rooms available.

Fidelis Care
Local Representatives:
Nicole Argetsinger (607) 222-5739
Jaime Siemon (607) 237-2101

Fidelis Care assists individuals and families in applying for and enrolling with Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Qualified Health Plans (where available). Representatives are located at Catholic Charities 5 days a week, and several other locations around the county; they can meet you in your home or other community location if needed.

Ithaca Health Alliance/Ithaca Free Clinic
521 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 330-1253

Open to all uninsured members of our community. A staff of volunteer physicians, herbalists, acupuncturists, and others support the belief that access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Walk-ins welcome Mondays 2:00-6:00pm and Thursdays 4:00-7:00pm.

Services include: Walk-In Clinic, Holistic Services, Chronic Care Program, Optometry, Ithaca Health Fund, and Community Health Education

NY StateWide Senior Action Council
Helpline: (800) 333-4374

Offers information and free, certified counseling regarding Medicare eligibility and application requirements upon re-entering the community.

Planned Parenthood
620 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-1513

Provides the following services: Abortion services, birth control, HIV testing, LGBTQIA+ services, men’s healthcare, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, STD testing, treatment & vaccines, women’s healthcare.

Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP)
314 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-4098

STAP’s mission is to compassionately and competently meet the evolving needs of the communities by serving people affected by chronic illness and to improve public health through disease prevention, care coordination, and advocacy. Programs include: Syringe Exchange Program (SEP), Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) (Naloxone training), substance use information and referrals, Health Homes (Medicaid) Care Management, HIV/AIDS support services, nutrition, and more.

Southern Tier Care Coordination (STCC)
314 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1208

Southern Tier Care Coordination offers care management services to eligible individuals that have Medicaid. If you have certain chronic health conditions (asthma, COPD, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, mental health concerns, active substance use, heart disease, etc.), you might benefit from this program.

Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County, Inc.
138 Cecil A. Malone Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-0466

This nonprofit agency offers skilled nursing, physical, occupational and/or speech therapy; medical social work; nutrition; and home health aide services. All referrals must come from a doctor who is willing to sign home care orders while under VNS Care. To obtain a referral please contact your physician.

Walk-In Clinics

WellNow Urgent Care
740 S Meadow St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 319-4563

Urgent Care at Ithaca
10 Arrowwood Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-4150

Mental Health

Family & Children’s Services of Ithaca
127 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca NY 14850
(607) 273-7494

Family and Children’s Services supports, promotes, and strengthens the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services, with a sensitivity toward the needs of children.

Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC)
215 5th St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-2433

FLIC’s mission is to empower all people with disabilities while creating an inclusive society through the elimination of social and architectural barriers. Services provided include: Advocacy, Information & Referral, Peer Counseling, Benefits Advisement, Accessibility Consultations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Independent Living Skills, Library and Loan Closet, Student Services, Support Groups, In-home Personal Care Options, Sign Language Interpreter Referrals, American Sign Language Classes.

Lakeview Health Services
320 Third St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-0035

The network includes not only the healthcare providers but other social and community supports that are essential to a person’s overall health, such as housing and vocational services.

Mental Health Association in Tompkins County (MHATC)
301 S Geneva St #109, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9250

The MHATC, established in 1954, is a community-based nonprofit committed to providing free programs that support our community’s health and wellness. Services are delivered by Peers who promote recovery, enhance hope and social networking through role modeling. Peers may supplement existing treatment with education, empowerment, and by aiding in system navigation and development of support networks.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
108 N Cayuga St, Suite #2, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-2462

NAMI Finger Lakes is the all-volunteer local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness providing support and education to family members of people with mental illness. Support group meetings are offered for family members, education programs led by peers, and individual meetings.

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service
124 E Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
24 Hour Crisisline: (607) 272-1616
Other Services: (607) 272-1505

Tompkins County Mental Health
201 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-6200

Provides assessment, counseling, treatment, and crisis services to adults, children and families with mental health impairments, on a sliding scale basis. Provides court-ordered evaluations for family courts in Tompkins and adjacent counties, and evaluates and provides or monitors mental health services for those at the Tompkins County Jail.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

An Evidence-Based Practice Model designed to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services to individuals who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness and whose needs have not been well met by more traditional mental health services. The ACT team provides services directly to an individual that are tailored to meet his or her specific needs. ACT teams are multi- disciplinary and include members from the fields of psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, substance abuse and vocational rehabilitation.

Mentorship and Family Reunification

Alliance of Families for Justice
Multicultural Resource Center
516 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 262-9618

This program supports families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records and empowers them as advocates and mobilizes them to marshal their voting power and achieve systemic change.

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)
(315) 604-7940

Alternatives to Violence Project is a grassroots, volunteer program dedicated to reducing violence in our lives, in our homes, in our schools, in our prisons, in our streets, and in our society.

Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC)
171 E State/ MLK Jr St, Suite #105-1, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-9347

CDRC’s mission is to foster constructive responses to conflict. We offer mediation and conciliation services for a variety of issues such as: Visitation/Custody, Parenting Plans, Landlord/Tenant, Roommate, Employer/Employee, Neighbor, Consumer/Merchant, Small Claims Court, and more. Conflicts happen to everyone. Mediation helps by giving those involved in the conflict a chance to come together and talk about it. Mediation is voluntary, confidential, and offered at no cost to you.

Cornell Cooperative Extension
615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-2292 ext. 157 (Voicemail #240)

Offers Parenting Workshops that teach participants parenting skills in the areas of understanding children, how to help children learn and thrive, effective discipline, and personal stress management. Parents of children of all ages can benefit from this program.

Civic Ensemble’s ReEntry Theatre Program
127 Cleveland Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 241-0195

Started in 2015 to provide an opportunity for members of the Tompkins County community to participate in arts programming.

Community Faith Partners
(607) 327-0989

Almost from the beginning of the Faith Partnership, men and women volunteers have visited the county jail to share their Christian faith and build relationships. Our goal is to promote Christian faith as the cornerstone of successful re-entry into the community, recovery from addictions, and ability to lead meaningful and productive lives.

119 W Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-1511

Lifelong Learning is one of 9 programs Lifelong offers to older adults in the community. Lifelong Learning started in the spring of 1998 and offers volunteer-taught community classes which focus on sharing knowledge and linking communities with one another.

120 3rd St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 229-9500

The Friends Meeting welcomes all. Meeting for Worship after the manner of Friends is a period of meditative worship. In silence, we seek to place ourselves in the presence of the Spirit. Friends may speak out of the silence as we are led.

Family & Children’s Services
Tammy Baker, Outreach Coordinator, (607) 793-3776
Natalya Cowilich, Community Outreach Worker, (607) 229-8510
Ithaca, NY 14850

Provides street outreach in the downtown Ithaca area (the Commons to the 600 block of West State St. and Cayuga St. corridor from Dewitt Park to the Library). The outreach worker responds to community concerns regarding conflict or distress of individual(s). The worker can listen to the concern, offer a phone to use, as well as refer and/or provide assistance to services and resources any person may want or need.

Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS)
320 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5680

DSS helps with supervised visits between family and children. Has subsidized day care for children of low-income families, and can place children with working foster parents.

YAP (Youth Advocate Program)
102 Cherry St, Ithaca, NY
(607) 277-5254

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. provides intensive services to safely reunify families who have children in residential or other placement outside of their home. An extensive assessment is provided in collaboration with the placement facility/location, DSS, the family, community partners, and local law enforcement.

Recreation and Leisure

Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)
301 W Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-3622

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center has a long rich history of recreation. GIAC’s oldest program is boxing. Summer Basketball Leagues for both youth and adults are also offered. Family trips are also available to see plays, sporting events, or just to shop in NYC.

The History Center in Tompkins County
110 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8284

The History Center is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve and encourage access to its unique collections, while designing learning experiences and services that create opportunities for people to learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Ithaca Commons
171 E State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8679

The Ithaca Commons hosts an impressive array of events, activities, and exhibitions, including the city’s many festivals.


Dryden- Southworth Library
24 W Main St, Dryden, NY 13053
(607) 844-4782

Finger Lakes Library System
1300 Dryden Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-4074

Groton Public Library
112 E Cortland St, Groton, NY 13073
(607) 898-5055

Lansing Community Library
27 Auburn Rd, Lansing, NY 14882
(607) 533-4939

Tompkins County Public Library
101 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-4557

Ulysses Philomathic Library
74 E Main St, Trumansburg, NY 14886
(607) 387-5623


Cass Park
701 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-1090

Dewitt Park
102 E Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-6464

Ithaca Falls Natural Area
Lake St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1313

Buttermilk Falls State Park
106 E Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-5761

Robert H. Treman State Park
105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-3440

Stewart Park
1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-8364

Myers Park
1 Lansing Park Rd, Lansing, NY 14882
(607) 288-3470

601 1st St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-0600

The Sciencenter is a nationally recognized museum, hosting 100,000 guests in Ithaca each year and reaching over 1.5 million guests worldwide through our traveling exhibitions and outreach programs. Inspiring excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower. Free for those holding a NYS benefit card.

Southside Community Center
305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-4190

The Southside Community Center offers a variety of recreational activities as a way to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle for families. Offerings include basketball mini-camps and leagues, boxing, field trips, hiking trips, and more.


120 E Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-6115

Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-2787

Kitchen Theatre Company
417 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-0403

State Theatre of Ithaca
107 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8283

YMCA of Ithaca
50 Graham Rd W, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 257-0101

An inclusive organization of men, women, and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y offers everything from water activities and fitness equipment, to healthy living classes for youth and adults.

Substance Abuse

AA/NA/FA/MA/OA/ACA/Al-Anon Meetings

Ithaca Community Recovery
518 W Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 216-8754

For more information about other meetings taking place in your area please visit the website.


Alcohol & Drug Council Inc. (ADC)
(607) 274-6288

Alcohol & Drug Council offers hope and recovery to people struggling with addiction and strengthens our community through prevention and education programs. This is done by using core values, hope, caring & compassion and commitment to excellence.

(A) Outpatient Clinic
Green St #500, Ithaca, NY 14850

Patient-Centered Assessment

A drug and alcohol assessment is a patient-centered, face-to-face meeting with a clinician to determine what type of services, if any, are appropriate.

Individual Counseling

No single treatment plan is appropriate for all individuals. Using evidence-based practices, the Council is committed to setting a gold standard of care that is individualized.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is a therapeutic approach that includes members at different stages of treatment. Hearing from people who are coping or recovering gives hope to those at the beginning of the recovery process.

Integrated Treatment

We utilize an integrated treatment model to address both mental health and chemical dependence. Incorporating an evidence-based treatment approach, both the addiction and the mental illness are addressed concurrently and the entire medical, emotional and social life of the patient is taken into account.

(B) Open Access Center
2353 North Triphammer Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Open Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-6:00pm offering education, walk-in assessments, referrals, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Naloxone (Narcan) distribution, brief intervention, and follow-up services.

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS)
(607) 273-5500

Outpatient and Administrative
334 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850

CARS primary addiction services include: chemical dependency evaluation, groups, individual sessions, medical assessment, Methadone, Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, and Sublocade medication management, Opioid Treatment Program, and case management services including referrals to vocational, educational, psychological and medical supports.

Residential Addiction Recovery Center
6621 NY Route 227, Trumansburg, NY 14886

CARS RARC is a 60-bed, co-ed program of six to nine months in range for successful completion. Clients attend treatment for over 50 hours each week, including weekly individual counseling. Their treatment philosophy is based on research based best practices around the core philosophy of the Matrix Model®. RARC clients participate in seven Matrix groups each week, Early Recovery, Relapse Prevention, Social Supports, and Family Education.


Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)
737 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-RIDE (7433)

A private, nonprofit public transportation operator, created by Cornell University, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca providing buses throughout Tompkins County.

Medicaid Taxi
(607) 274-5330 or (866) 753-4543–2013-07-18-07-17-40.pdf

For rides to medical appointments that are not on a bus route.

737 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-1878

Rides by reservations for people 60 or over, or people with disabilities. Pricing is $1.50 per one way trip within the City of Ithaca; $3.00 for trips that start or end outside city limits. To reserve rides, you must call 2 days in advance.

Women’s Opportunity Center
315 N Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1520

For those working with WOC, rides may be available to interviews, appointments, etc.

FISH (Friends In Service Helping)
150 Pearsall Pl, Ithaca, NY 14850
(877) 211-8667

FISH volunteers provide rides to Tompkins County residents in need of medical and health related services that are within the Tompkins County area. The FISH Call Center will take ride requests the day prior to an appointment; same‐day service may be possible.

Bus Passes (Free When Available)

Catholic Charities
324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-5062

Probation (Day Reporting)
320 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca NY 14850 (607) 274-5380

Multicultural Resource Center
516 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 279-8157

OAR of Tompkins County
910 W State/ MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-7885

St. John’s Community Services
618 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 241-1020

Veteran Programs

Catholic Charities
324 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-5062

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Volunteer Transportation Network
1451 Dryden Rd, Freeville NY 13068
(607) 591-7388

For those receiving medical care at Freeville VA Clinic.

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP)
Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center
171 E State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Brad Bennett
(607) 272-7570 ext. 110

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialists are disabled veterans themselves. They provide intensive case management services to veterans with significant barriers to employment, special disabled and disabled veterans, and veterans ages 18 to 24. They also provide a full range of employment services, including comprehensive assessments, individual employment plans, job referrals, referrals to training and support services, and resume and interview preparation assistance.

Ithaca Veterans Peace Coalition (Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation)

An informal group that serves as a direct service organization for veterans in need and as a liaison to connect veterans with the Veterans Administration. The Peace Coalition also helps with commissary when veterans are in jail, sending books to veterans’ groups in prisons, and help finding housing. There is an information table set up at Tompkins County Workers Center, 3rd floor of Autumn Leaves Bookstore.

Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center
Ithaca Commons, 171 E State/MLK Jr. St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-7570 ext. 110

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
(888) 838-7697
Cornell University
John Canestaro, Veterans Benefits Advisor
(607) 255-8719

Information and counseling on federal, state, and local veterans’ benefits. Helps veterans, their dependents, and survivors apply for benefits.

Soldier On
(413) 584-4040

A door-to-door outreach campaign assisting veterans and their families who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless. Soldier On provides in-home case management, referral services and temporary financial assistance for housing to veterans facing homelessness. Also helps with VA Loans and has a resiliency program.

Tompkins County Department of Veterans Services
214 W State/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5920

Tompkins County Department of Veterans Services exists to connect local Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces – and their families – with federal, state, and local resources. Staff make these connections through a combination of counseling, referral, and direct assistance with many benefits.

Tompkins/Cortland County VA Outpatient Clinic
1451 Dryden Rd, NY 13068