Last month, Arbor Housing and Development officially announced the closure of its CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Program. For three years, the program was funded through the United Way of the Southern Tier and the IRS. Additionally, more than 50 volunteers donated their time at multiple tax sites throughout Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler Counties to make the CA$H Program possible.

Moving forward, Arbor Housing remains committed to providing resources for tax support throughout the region. In response to this closure, the organization is building Southern Tier Tax Connect, an online portal to free and low-cost tax services nearby and online. Currently, visitors may find tax documents, phone numbers, and local resources online at

“Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic has created many obstacles in administering the CA$H Program with the current availability of resources,” said Susan Bull, Chief Operations Officer at Arbor Housing and Development. “For the past six months, we’ve been communicating and coordinating with volunteers and service providers to identify the availability of free tax prep services for the 2020-21 tax year.”

To learn more about Southern Tier Tax Connect and Arbor’s network of partners - including 211, AARP, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and the Southern Tier Library System - call 2-1-1 or visit

For fifty years, the mission of Arbor Housing & Development has been to enhance the quality of life in communities by building independence and creating safe and affordable housing options in the Southern Tier of New York and North Central Pennsylvania. The organization has partnered with countless others throughout its history to deliver services to groups and individuals in need. To learn more about Arbor Housing and Development, please visit