ONEONTA – Citing the domestic violence and homeless shelters “essential services,” the Otsego County Board of Representatives and the county’s Department of Social Services have reopened both buildings.
“We’re happy that they have reopened and that they are helping these vulnerable populations in our community,” said county Rep. Adrienne Martini, D-Oneonta, chair of the county board’s Human Services Committee. “It’s so important that they be open and operational.”
ONEONTA – On the morning of Tuesday, March 17, Opportunities for Otsego advised the county Social Services Department it was closing its shelters by 5 p.m. that evening.
“OFO said, because of the new social distancing, they were shutting their doors,” County Attorney Ellen Coccoma advised the county Board of Representatives as this morning’s monthly meeting, held via Facebook Live for the first time.
This involved less than 10 people, and DSS was successful in finding lodging for them in hotels and motels, said county Rep. Adrienne Martini, D-Oneonta, who chairs the county board Human Services Committee.
ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, today met with the poverty-fighting Opportunities for Otsego’s board of directors and staff.
The freshman congressman called the meeting “illuminating and deeply important to understand the headwinds facing thousands of Upstate New Yorkers experiencing poverty and homelessness.”
OFO CEO Dan Maskin said he was “honored” to have Delgado visit the organization, adding, “I was thoroughly impressed that he took the time to listen to each of the 25 participants’ stories about issues impacting the poor.”
As mandated by the Constitution, the United States conducts a decennial census.
This once-every-10-year count of the population – it is coming up in April 2020 – shapes the future of our communities and helps ensure political power is fairly allocated among the states and at the local level.
Some communities, like those with higher rates of low-income households and people of color, have historically been classified as hard to count.
ONEONTA – Students enrolled in the Oneonta City School District and their families will have access to free lunch this summer, a collaboration between Catholic Charities and the Oneonta City School District.
OFO and city schools will offer children and their families bus transportation July 8 through Aug. 23 to Neahwa Park from three local mobile home villages – Lantern Hill, Mountainview and Oneida Village – for lunch and a playtime, and drop them off back home in mid-afternoon.
NAVIGATORS – 8 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 5 p.m. Communication Across Barriers returns to perform training of community members who choose to become Navigators, people who choose to use their time and contacts to help neighbors in poverty. Opportunities for Otsego, 3 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Call 607-433-8005 or visit www.ofoinc.org
Steve Prichardt, left, enlists the help of Alan Little in leveling the marks for a ladder rung on a new children’s playground they are helping construct at the Opportunities For Otsego Emergency Housing building in Oneonta this afternoon. At right, the newly installed climbing wall is kid-tested and approved by Alexis Chan. The project is part of the Community Outreach Project put on by first Baptist Church. The new playground features a jungle gym, slide, climbing wall, rope ladder, see-saw and more. The site is also getting a cement slab poured so occupants have a place for a BBQ. The Community Outreach project is at work at other locations around town as well, including building a deck at the Oneonta World of Learning, making a Deck at Crossroads and re-painting city fire hydrants. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)