Combating Homelessness in Oswego County With The Help of AmeriCorps and DSS

OSWEGO – With the growing number of homeless within Oswego County, the AmeriCorps program based out of the Youth Bureau, has continued its work with the Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities, and Oswego County Opportunities.

These agencies are working to lower the homeless population through the Economic Opportunity Program.

Some of the other focuses, besides combatting homelessness, of the AmeriCorps program in Oswego are to mentor and provide fitness and nutrition information to youth, as well as manage volunteers in the community.

AmeriCorps is not only found in Oswego County.

There are programs nationwide that serve to help community members in need.

When doing their service terms, members are given the rewarding experience of helping others in need.

As a member of AmeriCorps, there is a living stipend that is given throughout the term of service.

Upon completion of the members’ term, an education stipend is given to use towards college loans.

AmeriCorps members Brianna Short, Mike Butler and Sonja Henson are currently serving their terms at the Department of Social Services of Oswego County.

They are working with clients who are in need of housing, both temporary and permanent.

As part of their work, the members locate effective housing, contact landlords, as well as refer customers to other agencies such as OCO and Catholic Charities for further assistance with their housing searches.

AmeriCorps members are also placed at other places throughout the county including the agencies of OCO and Catholic Charities, as well as the Probation Department.

For information on the AmeriCorps program found nationwide, visit

To gather information on how you could be part of the work that the Oswego County Program is doing, visit or call Kathy Andolina at (315) 349-3451 or email [email protected]