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Keys To The New Place

Move-In Assistance

If you have already found a unit to move in to, but need assistance gathering the funds to move, check out the resources on this page. 

Find help furnishing your new place here!

Department of Social Services (DSS) One-Shot Deal

The One Shot Deal Emergency Assistance program helps people who cannot meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. This can include move in money (1st months rent, security, and broker's fee if applicable) if you are homeless or facing eviction. These funds can also be used if you have had your utilities disconnected or pending termination, fire disaster, domestic violence, or other circumstances that affect the health and safety of the individual or family. Call or visit your local DSS office to apply. 

Nassau DSS: (516) 227-8519
Suffolk DSS: (631) 853-8714


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Nassau Suffolk Law Services Public Benefits Unit provides legal assistance to persons who experience problems with public benefits programs which are administered by the local Departments of Social Services such as TANF, Safety Net,  Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), Child Care Assistance, HEAP, emergency shelter for the homeless and other emergency assistance programs.

NSLS also assists homeless families to obtain Rent Supplements from DSS which enable families to leave the shelters or retain permanent housing.

Nassau residents: 516-292-8100
Suffolk residents: 631-232-2400

Members of St. Vincent de Paul are based in “Conferences”, which are usually parish-based. Each Conference serves those in need in the area surrounding it. Each conference helps people in their service area in different ways. They may provide assistance with move in funds, utility bills, rental or mortgage assistance, clothing, or furniture.

Click here to request assistance online

The rental supplement plan (RSP) helps provides a fixed amount towards their monthly rent (dependent on household size) to households exiting shelter or facing imminent homelessness and are otherwise eligible. Households must apply through Department of Social Services.


Assistance with Free Furniture

St. Vincent De Paul Thrift & Furniture Stores 

As part of their direct services program, their stores offer furniture, clothing, and other household items to people in need at no cost. This occurs when Conferences of Vincentians discover during home visits that a family doesn’t have proper provisions for everyday living necessities, like a kitchen table on which to feed their children, or adequate beds to get a good night’s sleep. In these cases, a furniture and/or clothing request is submitted on behalf of the family by the Conference to the Thrift store for the items needed. The family is then given a voucher to present to one of our stores that will be fulfilled by a helpful employee.

Thrift Stores

2160 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY, dial (516) 746-8250

1705 Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY, telephone (631) 858-0380

Central Council: St. Vincent at 249 Broadway, Bethpage,
(516) 822-3132

Warehouse: 430 Mill Rd, Coram
(631) 698-0284

Call the conference in your zip code/area for assistance with a furniture, clothing, or necessities voucher. See link below for a list of Long Island SVD Conferences which are all affiliated with Catholic Churches in your community.

Conferences: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Long Island 

Salvation Army

Vouchers for furniture, clothing, holiday goods, funds for rent, mortgage, utilities or housing security deposit. Emergency Food, Clothing. Prescription Medication and more are offered, as resources allow. 

66 Church Street, Freeport, New York 11520-3831
(516) 378-4557

Hempstead (Citadel)
65 Atlantic Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 485-4900

992 Prospect Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590-4882
(516) 338-7265

East Northport
319 Clay Pitts Road, East Northport, NY 11731-3644
(631) 368-1170

130 Osborne Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 727-3338

Furniture Outreach on LI

Open Door Exchange
Port Jefferson, NY
Facebook page

Angels of LI
Ask for Outreach Program for FREE furniture
(different from shopping in the actual store)
Patchogue, NY
Facebook page

Pronto of LI Outreach Thrift Store
Food Pantry Thrift Center
Bay Shore, NY

Ashley Home Store
Free beds for kids

Help for People Inc.
Ask for: "Furniture outreach to families in need"

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