Community Navigator

Chemung County Department of Social Services Community Navigators are here to assist you in Navigating the world of DSS, as well as the abundant Community Resources.

Having a hard time, confused and unsure of what your next step is? Reach out to one of your Chemung County Department of Social Services Community Navigators to assist you push through life's little bumps. Our Mission is to be a responsive provider of efficient and effective services; to have a professional atmosphere that promotes respect for all and earns the confidence and trust of those we serve; including the community at large.

Our Vision is to assist individuals, children and families in achieving optimal self- reliance by providing tools to create an economically stable, healthy and safe environment.

We can assist you with your questions related to:

  • Addiction
  • Childcare
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • DSS Applications
  • Elderly Care
  • Evictions/Homelessness
  • Food
  • Medicaid
  • Shelter
  • Transportation
  • Work Readiness
  • Workforce
  • A variety of other needs
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Community Navigators are located in convenient locations throughout the City of Elmira.

Past Events

Back to School Event - August 29th, 2019 - Elmira Community Kitchen

37 haircuts were done by BOCES Students.

216 backpacks were distributed to pre-registered kids, plus 69 walk-ins for a total of 285 backpacks given out.

Over 200 dinners were served by The Knights of Columbus and Social Ministry Volunteers at the Elmira Community Kitchen.

Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative

"By empowering communities to connect people with opportunities that help them move on a path of economic independence, New York is taking the fight against poverty head on," Governor Cuomo said. "I am confident that these programs will deliver results and help Elmira resident's access resources that can help them thrive."

Community Navigators are breaking down barriers and connecting the community one person, one resource at a time.