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

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A message from Commissioner of Social Services Marie A. Cannon regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and other housing resources.


The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) is promoting the use of the Mobile Document Upload for Temporary Assistance, SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and HEAP (heating assistance) clients. The NYDocSubmit app allows clients to submit documents to ECDSS from their Apple or Android devices. NYDocSubmit is available in English,...

Erie County residents have another great reason to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) this year! The HEAP Regular Arrears Supplement (RAS) benefit will help eligible households pay past-due amounts on their natural gas and/or electric utility accounts. RAS is a one-time benefit for natural gas accounts and a one-time benefit for electric accounts (a combined benefit for gas/...