Putnam Resources


NY State Dept of Education – Foster Youth College Success initiative (FYCSI)

Program established specifically for students who have experienced foster care or are orphaned. FYCSI funding can be used towards supporting the cost of attending college, including housing and meals.

Eligible for foster and orphaned youth

Rezvan Foundation

Supports the academic pursuits of exceptionally talented young students who grew up orphaned or in foster care.

Eligible for foster or orphaned youth, US resident, enrolled in an accredited HS, GPA of 3.5 or higher, submitted applications to 1 or more four year accredited university, no academic or criminal disciplinary record.

NYU Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP)

An assistance and scholarship program for students interested in transferring from partnership community colleges into NYU.

Eligible if enrolled at Community College in partnership with NYU, must be nominated by community college faculty member or administrator, 3.0 GPA.

NY State Higher Education Services Corporation

Step-by-step planning tips to prepare for higher education. Tools, resources, and financial support for people in special circumstances such as youth in care, military, adult/returning, and transferring.

Eligible for NYS residents

Employment Assistance

Grow Your Own at Kennedy Children’s Center

6 week training program to become a NY State certified Teacher Assistant and help with job placement services to find a suitable position at early childhood providers throughout the city.

Eligible for HS graduate, at least 18 years old, legally eligible to work in US, pass NYC DOH background check, English proficient or able to pass ELA exam, apply on-line.

Job Corps, US Department of Labor

Free career training and education in 120 campuses across the country free of charge to low income 16 to 24 year old young adults.

Complete application to get started.

Workforce Partnership

Provides relevant workforce development that creates opportunities for individual career advancement and job opportunities.

Eligible for Putnam residents

Employment and Training Administration, US Dept of Labor

Information about programs such as CareerOneStop, Apprenticeship Finder, Grants, and Resources for Veterans.

Eligible for US Residents

Health and Wellness

FosterClub – Healthcare for Former Foster Youth

Health insurance and care information for youth who age out of the foster care system from ages 18 through 26. The are no income requirements for former foster youth. If age out of care in NY you do not need to apply. If did not age out of care in NY, need to apply for Medicaid online or by phone.

Eligible for former foster care young adults age 18 through 26.

Medicaid: (800) 541-2831


Medicaid assistance for low income New Yorkers. Informs about eligibility and available health care options.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Services to help with health related issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, or drug and alcohol use.

Eligible for US residents


Text: 988

NY State Office of Addiction Services and Support

Resources to help with alcohol, drug, and gambling issues.

The Care Coalition

List of organizations and contacts to help with alcohol and drug addiction.

Putnam County Department of Social Services & Mental Health

Provides financial and social services to eligible residents to enhance family functioning and maintain adults and children in the community as possible.

Eligible for Putnam residents

Cove Care Center- Counseling and Wellness Management

Partners with individuals, families, and community to foster hope, wellness, and recovery, and to restore quality of life by addressing mental health needs, substance abuse, and social, and emotional needs.

Eligible for Putnam residents

NY State Department of Health, Insurance Marketplace

Health insurance options available through the individual marketplace.

Eligible for NYS Residents

NY State Office of Mental Health

Find a mental health service provider with focus on hope and recovery for adults with serious mental illnesses and children with emotional disturbances. Provides a directory of mental health facilities within the state.

Eligible for NYS Residents

Suicide Prevention: 988

NYS Domestic Violence: (800) 942-6906

Crisis Text Got5 to 741-741

Legal Services

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Free, high quality counsel in civil matters where basic human needs are at stake for low income individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney.

Rockland, Putnam, Westchester residents

Parenting/Family Support

Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam Counties

Information about child care and provides referrals to programs. Promotes affordable and quality child care and provides information about financial resources and agencies to help support families.

Eligible for Putnam residents, children through 12 years old

Social Services

SupplEmental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Federally funded program that issues electronic benefits to help low income families and individuals purchase food. Apply online or in person at local department of social services or NYC SNAP Center.

Income based, apply online

Sherlock Holmes Foundation

Provides housing, employment opportunities, and a loving support system for LGBTQ+ young adults to learn about responsibility, life’s skills, independence, and self love.

Eligible for LGBTQ+ young homeless adults

Child Welfare Information Gateway – Resources for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Resources that can be used to learn about life skills, education, employment, finance, and other information to assist with transition out of foster care to independence. Outlines 21 steps to prepare for transition out of care that includes building a transition plan, securing a place to live, opening a bank account, health care coverage and more.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam

Works in partnership with non-profit community organizations and provides direct services for those who need service referrals.

Eligible for Putnam and Westchester residents


National Domestic Hotline

Confidential assistance in 200+ languages. Directory of assistance providers by state and legal assistance.

(800) 799-7233

Text START to 88788

NY State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Confidential 24/7 support in most languages. An advocate will help to empower and discuss options for help, financial assistance, and safety. A map that contains domestic violence programs by county.


Text: 844-997-2121

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