Community Partnerships

ALICE, an acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.

See the NYS ALICE Report for complete information.

Check out the interactive ALICE website.

We are offering free tax preparation virtually on a limited basis this year. Please call 845-331-4199 and leave your name, number, and you will be contacted with information about this year’s process.

You may also call AARP after 2/15/21: 845-443-8823, Monday-Friday, leave a message, and a volunteer will call you back.

United Way Worldwide and HR Block have partnered to offer free tax preparation for those with simple returns.  For more information:

Provides funds for emergency needs, housing and utility assistance for low income families at risk of homelessness, unemployment, or hospitalization. An intake process is required and all payments are made to vendors (ie. landlords, utility companies, fuel oil companies, etc.).  For more information contact the United Way at 331 – 4199.

The 2020-2021 Regular HEAP benefit opened November 2, 2020.

If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year to help you pay for heating your home.

The dates of operation for the Regular and Emergency HEAP benefit components will be extended from April 30, 2021 to August 31, 2021 or until the funds allocated to these components are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Additionally, effective immediately, a third Emergency HEAP benefit is available to eligible households experiencing a crisis or life-threatening heat or heat-related energy emergency.

Eligibility and benefits are based on:

  • income,
  • household size,
  • the primary heating source, and
  • the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled.

Regular benefits for households that pay directly for heat based on actual usage are paid directly to the vendor that supplies the household’s primary source of heat. Benefits also available for heating equipment repair or replacement, or a clean and tune benefit.

Find out more about eligibility and program information.  

Telephone and web service providing information on over 2,000 programs and services that help people in Ulster County. Open at 24/7 with trained operators.

The United Way of Ulster County works with the Kingston post office to coordinate food distribution to food pantries throughout Ulster County. For more information: Click here.

Work with local schools and agencies to implement evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs for youth. Click to learn more.