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 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is administered by the New York State Education Program (NYSED) and provides free, nutritious meals during the summer months to low-income children aged 18 and younger; and disabled young adults over the age of 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served as part of SFSP. 


The 2018 Annual Report for the Erie County Department of Social Services has been released!

Click Here to view the Report, which highlights the accomplishments and many roles of the units within ECDSS. 

Effective May 22, 2019, the Erie County Department of Social Services Domestic Violence (DV) unit re-located to the 7th floor (Room 728) of the Rath Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, after having previously been located on the second floor of the Rath Building.

Visitors to the DV unit are to report to the 7th floor reception area. The Domestic Violence unit is a resource of other...

Those interested in having their name added to the Erie County Department of Social Services vendor list can fill out the attached ECDSS Vendor Application, a document that asks for general information, including what products or services you may have for ECDSS...