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


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, Traditional...

Were you in foster care on your 14th birthday or after?
Are you at least 18 years old and under age 27?

If you were financially impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for cash assistance. Youth who are in and were in foster care have experienced
numerous challenges including:
• Housing/homelessness
• Transportation issues
• Utility expenses
• Technology barriers
• Child care challenges
• Food insecurity
• Medical...


Erie County announces the opening of the portal for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide income-qualified renters who experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 with up to 12 months back rent and up to three months future rent. Utility arrears assistance will also be available in some cases.


Calling 2-1-1 can prove beneficial in a variety of ways for those in need!

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The Erie County Department of Social Services is pleased to announce that it is part of the WNY Tech Skills Initiative, a program aimed at offering free educational and technical skills to prospective workers.

The WNY Tech Skills Initiative is comprised of local businesses as well as civic, government and tech leaders. Related high-growth fields include data analysis, software...