Greater Ops Programs

A collection of all our programs.

Head Start

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Head Start is a federally funded and locally operated program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health and social services to families with children. Head Start programs help chil... READ MORE

Who is it for?

For children ages 3 to 5 whose families meet the eligibility criteria.

How does this benefit you?

Activities for Children:

  • Enjoy safe and licensed facilities
  • Be part of a high quality early childhood education program and learn important skills to prepare for entering into Kindergarten
  • Attain school readiness and early literacy development
  • Gain exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Learn math skills, science lessons, and discovery
  • Develop social skills and self-help skills
  • Engage in large motor and fine motor activities
  • Enjoy music, dance, and art
  • Get developmental and health screenings/assessments
  • Receive nutritious meals daily

Activities for Parents:

  • Participate in activities and workshops for parents
  • Engage in regular opportunities to volunteer for parents
  • Get the support in the learning journey of raising your child

 

Contact Information

For more information, contact us!

Broome County families- 607-723-6493

Chenango County families- 607-334-7114.

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Rapid Re-Housing is an intervention, informed by a Housing First approach that is a critical part of a community’s effective homeless crisis response system. Although Greater Opportunities,... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Homeless individuals and families residing in a place not meant for human habitation, residing in a shelter or hotel/motel paid by charitable organizations or federal/state/local government programs, or exiting an institution where he/she has resided in 90 days or less and who was homeless at point of entry. 

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive financial assistance in the form of security deposit and up to 6 months rent as needed
  • Get supportive case management services to identify and overcome barriers to housing instability and achieving financial independence

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Rapid Re-Housing Contact Form Rapid Re-Housing Submit Document Form

Contact Information

For information, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493.

Early Head Start

Available in:

Chenango

What is it?

Chenango County Early Head Start is a federally funded and locally operated program for pregnant women and children ages birth to three. Families are served by weekly home based visits. Activities are... READ MORE

Who is it for?

For pregnant women and children ages birth to 3 year olds.

How does this benefit you?

Activities for Children

  • Enjoy safe and licensed facilities
  • Be part of a high quality early childhood education program and learn important skills
  • Attain school readiness and early literacy development
  • Gain exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Learn math skills, science lessons, and discovery
  • Develop social skills and self-help skills
  • Engage in large motor and fine motor activities
  • Enjoy music, dance, and art
  • Get developmental and health screenings/assessments
  • Receive nutritious meals daily in center-based classrooms

Activities for Parents:

  • Participate in activities and workshops for parents
  • Engage in regular opportunities to volunteer for parents
  • Get the support in the learning journey of raising your child

Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Available in:

Broome

What is it?

The New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) is a state and district-funded program that provides educationally-based, high quality pre-kindergarten to 4-year-old children. The program... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Children 4 years of age.

How does this benefit you?

Activities for Children:

  • Enjoy safe and licensed facilities
  • Be part of a high quality early childhood education program and learn important skills to prepare for entering into Kindergarten
  • Attain school readiness and early literacy development
  • Gain exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Learn math skills, science lessons, and discovery
  • Develop social skills and self-help skills
  • Engage in large motor and fine motor activities
  • Enjoy music, dance, and art
  • Get developmental and health screenings/assessments
  • Receive nutritious meals daily

Activities for Parents:

  • Participate in activities and workshops for parents
  • Engage in regular opportunities to volunteer for parents
  • Get the support in the learning journey of raising your child

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Broome- UPK Contact Form

Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493.

Pre-Kindergarten for Three-Year Olds

Available in:

Broome

What is it?

The New York State Pre-Kindergarten Program (3PK) is a state and district-funded program that provides educationally-based, high quality pre-kindergarten to 3-year-old children. The purpose is to incr... READ MORE

Who is it for?

For children 3 years of age.

How does this benefit you?

Activities for Children:

  • Enjoy safe and licensed facilities
  • Be part of a high quality early childhood education program and learn important skills to prepare for entering into Kindergarten
  • Attain school readiness and early literacy development
  • Gain exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Learn math skills, science lessons, and discovery
  • Develop social skills and self-help skills
  • Engage in large motor and fine motor activities
  • Enjoy music, dance, and art
  • Get developmental and health screenings/assessments
  • Receive nutritious meals daily

Activities for Parents:

  • Participate in activities and workshops for parents
  • Engage in regular opportunities to volunteer for parents
  • Get the support in the learning journey of raising your child

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Broome- Pre-K (3 year olds) Basic Contact Form

Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493.

Mobile Food Pantry

Available in:

Broome

What is it?

The Mobile Food Pantry Program currently offered at Greater Opportunities includes a mass food distribution in coordination with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Greater Opportunities collaborates... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Individuals and families needing emergency assistance with food and hygiene supplies in Broome County.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive immediate relief in a time of a emergency
  • Obtain food to sustain yourself and your family
  • Easy to access food supplies 

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Broome- Mobile Food Pantry Contact Form Mobile Food Pantry Submit Document Form

Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493 or check the Food Bank of the Southern Tier website at www.foodbankst.org

WIC Program

Available in:

Chenango

What is it?

The Federal Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods to pregnant, postpartum and breast feeding women and children up to age 5. In addition to providin... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Pregnant, postpartum and breast feeding women and children up to age 5 who need financial assistance in getting nutritious foods. Eligibility is based on income and a family of 4 may earn up to $48,470 annually and receive WIC benefits.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive food benefits redeemable at the local grocery store for milk, bread, cheese, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter, brown rice, beans, juice and cereal
  • Infants may receive formula, jars of baby food, and cereal
  • Families receive nutrition education and referrals to other resources within the community
  • Assistance and follow-up interaction for breast feeding mothers
  • Enjoy fresh produce and fruits when you receive checks to be cashed at local Farmers' Markets
  • Learn how to prepare fresh produce at the WIC office

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- WIC Submit Document Form Chenango- WIC Contact Form

Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

 

WIC Sites

Norwich

Greater Opportunities, Inc.

44 West Main St. Norwich

Monday, Tuesday (except 4th Tuesday)and

Friday: 8am-4pm

Thursday: 11am - 7pm

One Saturday each month: 9am - 1pm

(607) 336-4324

Greene

First Congregational Church of Greene, NY UCC - YouTube

First Wednesday of the Month

First Congregational Church

28 N. Chenango St. Greene

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 656-4923

New Berlin

New Berlin UMC | The Upper NY Conference

Second Wednesday of the Month

Methodist Church

51 S. Main St. New Berlin

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 847-6350

Sherburne

Third Wednesday of the Month

Methodist Church

11 Chapel St. Sherburne

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 674-4119

Bainbridge

Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley :: Bainbridge First Presbyterian Church

Fourth Tuesday of the Month

First Presbyterian Church

3 Church Street. Bainbridge

9am - 3pm (Open through lunch hour)

(607) 967-8021

HUD Counseling

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Greater Opportunities formerly known as Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. has been a Certified HUD Counseling Agency since 1992. The purpose is to educate individuals of all income levels regarding an... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Individuals from all income levels seeking to learn about the best practices for an array living situations including homeowners, renters, first-time homebuyers, or individuals who struggling to pay for housing.

How does this benefit you?

Learn About:

  • Homelessness
  • Rental assistance (having a hard time finding a place to live, rental arrears, landlord problems)
  • Fair housing issues
  • Mortgage delinquency or facing foreclosure
  • Predatory lending
  • Refinancing
  • Home repairs
  • First-time home buying education
  • Reverse mortgages

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

HUD Counseling Contact Form HUD Counseling Submit Document

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Financial Literacy

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Our Financial Literacy Program offers a step by step FREE education financial education on what not to do, how to fix your credit, what loans to choose from, and all the opportunities available at you... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Individuals who are not ready to purchase for various reasons, such as credit issues, bankruptcy or high debts.

How does this benefit you?

  • Learn how to develop a budget
  • Raise your credit scores
  • Find loans that work for you
  • Balance finances
  • Grow a savings account
  • Pay bills affectively

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Financial Literacy Contact Form Financial Literacy Submit Document Form

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Budgeting Services

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Our Budgeting Program, as part of our HUD Counseling services, will help you review all your expenses, identity areas that need assistance, and create a timeline to gradually bring you out of debt. READ MORE

Who is it for?

Individuals and families looking to grow their financial knowledge and adopt tools to help them live a financially sound life.

How does this benefit you?

  • Learn how to budget your expenses in a way that is feasible for you
  • Get out of debt
  • Grow your financial freedom
  • Repair your credit score

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Budgeting Services Contact Form

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at (607) 334-7114.

Revolving Loan Funds and Loan Packaging

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Low-interest loans for down payments, closing costs, repairs, and help securing USDA loans for purchases/repairs.  Currently, amounts up to $10,000 may be borrowed starting at 3.5%, repayable ove... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Income-eligible individuals who live or work in Chenango, Broome, Madison and Otsego Counties who may not be able to obtain loans through banks or other financial institutions.

How does this benefit you?

  • Purchase a home
  • Maintain the quality of your home
  • Acquire affordable housing
  • Increase home's value and your equity
  • Promote neighborhood revitalization by improving your home
  • Free up dollars you can use to pay for something else your family may need

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Revolving Loan Fund Contact Form

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

NYSERDA EmPower

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

The EmPower Program is sponsored by NYSERDA and is available to NYSEG or NIMO. The focus of the program is to help single family homeowners, as well 1 to 4 unit family rental units save on heat by ass... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Single family homes and 1-4 family rental units that meet the income guidelines.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive an electric reduction or home performance audit
  • Potential replacement in items such as: compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators, and light fixtures
  • Evaluation of refrigerator and freezer and water heater to determine if they are high energy users and qualify for replacement
  • In some cases, additional energy saving measures such as insulation and air sealing work may be performed if the project is designated as a "Home Performance" referral
  • Reduce overall energy cost

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- NYSERDA EmPower Contact Form Empower- Submit Document NYSERDA Empower Application

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Available in:

Broome

What is it?

The goal for the Greater Opportunities Supportive Housing Program is to provide assistance for participant families and individuals living in poverty to obtain and maintain healthy interdependence wit... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Families and individuals who are living in poverty who are looking to grow and become independent members of our community and self-sufficient in all areas of life.    

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive counseling services on how to obtain and maintain healthy lifestyle that include case management, life skills education and training, and employment skills training. 
  • Get permanent housing assistance
  • Learn about health, finances, employment, and socialization

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Broome- Permanent Supportive Housing Contact Form Broome- Permanent Supportive Housing Submit Document Permanent Supportive CAP Application

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493.

First-Time Home Buyer Programs

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Our First Time Home Buyer Programs focus on teaching our clients everything they need to know to become successful homeowners. Greater Opportunities will provide one-on-one counseling, group education... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Low to moderate-income families looking to purchase their first home within Chenango or Broome County who need assistance in learning the real estate process and available financing opportunities.

How does this benefit you?

  • Budgeting
  • Credit
  • Affordability
  • How to work with a real estate agent
  • Finding the right lender and the lending process
  • Help in choosing the right house
  • What to expect at closing
  • Assistance with funding/grants: Depending on the current availability on grant funding, there may be a variety of grants available to assist you with the down payment, closing costs, and/or rehabilitation associated with health and safety concerns on the purchase of your first home. Eligibility varies based on the grant for which you are submitting an application.
  • You will be eligible to work individually with a Housing Counselor to develop a homeownership plan
  • We will help you review your finances, determine price range, create a savings program and focus on any credit issues
  • We will teach you the best practices to maintain credit worthiness, so that you can qualify for a mortgage
  • Our counselors work with you for as long as you need until you achieve your goal of homeownership

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- First Time Home Buyer Program Contact Form

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Home Rehabilitation

Available in:

Chenango

What is it?

Greater Opportunities offers grants to low to moderate income owner-occupied households across Chenango County in correcting serious threats to health and safety issues to homeowners. The Chenango Cou... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Low-to-middle-income homeowners seeking financial assistance for home repair.

How does this benefit you?

Receive funding assistance on high-priority home repair items including:

  • Wells
  • Septic systems
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • Structural repairs

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- Home Rehabilitation Basic Contact Form

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Manufactured Housing Replacement

Available in:

Chenango

What is it?

The Greater Opportunities Manufactured Housing Replacement Program (MHRP) is designed to serve those with the greatest of need and lowest of income as its primary focus. The goal is to undertake actio... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Individuals who are currently living in dilapidated pre-1976 mobile homes or post-1976 manufactured homes looking for assistance on serious repairs including structural and systematic deficiencies. Eligible requirements focus on households that are at or below 50% of area median income (as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 Guidelines).

How does this benefit you?

  • Live in a new Energy Star rated manufactured home
  • Save on energy bills
  • Enjoy living in a comfortable, affordable, energy efficient, and safe home

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- Manufactured Housing Rehab Contact Form Manufactured Housing Rehab- Submit Document

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information and/or an application, please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

HUD-Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

Available in:

Chenango

What is it?

The Housing Voucher Program offers rental assistance to eligible low to moderate income families and individuals who want to reside in Chenango County and help them gain safe and adequate housing. Mon... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Individuals and families looking for rental assistance, affordable housing, and safe living conditions in Chenango County.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive monthly rental assistance
  • Live in affordable and safe housing

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- HUD (Section 8) Submit Document Chenango- HUD (Section 8) Basic Contact Form

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

Sherburne Project Affordable Housing

Available in:

Chenango

What is it?

The Sherburne Project affordable housing program is located at 12 West State Street in Sherburne, New York. There are a total of five units in the building (4 one-one bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom u... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Eligible applicants must have a total household income that falls below 80% AMI.

How does this benefit you?

  • Find affordable living conditions
  • Live in a comfortable and secure space

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Chenango- Sherburne Project Basic Contact Form Sherburne Housing Project- CAP Application

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114. 

Shelter Plus Care

Available in:

Broome

Chenango

What is it?

Shelter Plus Care is subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide safe, affordable housing to chronically homeless individuals and families with a documented disabili... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Chronically homeless individual and/or families with a documented disability who are in need of assistance in regaining independence and control of their lives.  Chronic homelessness is defined as a person that has been either homeless for one full year or have had four episodes homelessness in the past three years.  All of our participants have an underlying disability, such as past drug/alcohol addiction, and/or mental or physical disabilities.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive counseling services on how to obtain and maintain healthy lifestyle that include case management, life skills education and training, and employment skills training.
  • Acquire permanent affordable and safe housing
  • Get on-going rental subsidies

Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493.

Senior Living

Available in:

Broome

What is it?

Located in 50 East Clapham Street Binghamton, New York - East Hills Senior Living Center is a quiet and scenic senior living community set in the heart of a neighborhood that people take pride in. It... READ MORE

Who is it for?

Seniors 55 years of age and over or handicapped people of any age.

How does this benefit you?

  • Receive affordable housing
  • Experience wonderful views and a quiet, peaceful life
  • Enjoy spacious units that are handicapped-adaptable
  • Feel secure with our 24-hour emergency call system

How to Apply

Select a form below to complete online.

Broome- Senior Living Program Contact Form Senior Living CAP Application

Click the button to download the application form. Complete and return according to the instructions in the form.

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Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-723-6493 or the East Hills Senior Living Center at 607-723-1863.