Marie Cannon, Commissioner of Social Services

We envision a community where children, adults and families are healthy and safe and enjoy a quality life. As a responsive and efficient organization, we seek to continually engage the community in defining the role of Social Services. Our mission is to engage people in need and provide a broad range of efficient and effective assistance and services with community partners to facilitate a better future for the people of Erie County.

What's Happening in Erie County Department of Social Services

Effective Monday, May 14, 2018, the Erie County Fair Hearings Office has moved o the 4th Floor of the Rath Building, Buffalo. The Fair Hearings Office had previously been located in Room 748 of the Rath Buildings. 

Those requesting a Fair Hearing, or have questions related to the Fair Hearing process, are to enter the Rath Building at the entrance at 158 Pearl St., Buffalo, or can...

Effective Monday, April 30, 2018, the Child Support Unit of the Erie County Department of Social Services has moved to the second floor, Room 230, of the Rath Building. The unit had previously been located on the seventh floor of the Rath Building. 

The Erie County Department of Social Services has released its Annual Report for 2017. 

 

The Report, which can be viewed by Clicking Here, outlines various services provided by ECDSS, as well as newly established or ongoing initiatives. 

Starting March 22, 2018 the Erie County Department of Social Services is piloting extended business hours one night per week, on Thursdays, with first-floor services at 158 Pearl St. available to clients seeking assistance in the program areas of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Temporary Assistance (TA). The pilot program will provide extra availability of services to...

The Erie County Department of Social Services is intricately involved in programs associated with anti-poverty inititiatives in Erie County, including the efforts of the Erie County Poverty Committee. Recent Poverty Committee events include the 2017 EC Poverty Committee Poverty Forum, held December 15, 2017 at the University at Buffalo South Campus, at which Poverty Committee members released...

An ABAWD is a person between the ages of 18 and 49 who has no dependents and is not disabled. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) limits the receipt of SNAP benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who are not working at least 80 hours per month, participating in qualifying education and...