Erie County Social Services - Newsroom

2021 & previous Newsroom/Media:

September 2021

9/29/21 - Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opens Monday

9/16/21 - Erie County Department of Social Services announces upcoming hiring event

July 2021

7/28/21 - Poloncarz statement on Emergency Order for use of face masks for County-owned facilities due to risk of COVID-19 Delta Variant

7/22/21 - Poloncarz declares gun violence in Erie County as a public health crisis

7/15/21 - Erie County Youth Bureau awarded $130,000 to participate in Safe Summer NY 2021

June 2021

6/22/21 - Erie County Department of Social Services promotes Mobile Document Upload Service

6/15/21 - Erie County Adult Protective Services receives funding from U.S. Administration for Community Living

6/1/21 - Erie County Department of Social Services announces opening of NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program

April 2021

4/27/21 - Former Child Protective Services employee sentenced after pleading guilty to Official Misconduct 

February 2021

2/16/21 - Caseworker, Clerk and Caregiver Plead Guilty in Three Separate Criminal Cases

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November 2020

11/23/20 - Erie County Department of Social Services promotes remote service options through "We Can Help You From Home" campaign

11/13/20 - November is National Adoption Month

11/6/20 - Rental and Mortgage Assistance still available through Live Well Erie Housing Task Force

 October 2020

10/30/20 - Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program opens Monday

10/26/20 - Erie County Department of Social Services announces SNAP Supplemental Benefit

10/2/20 - DA Flynn reminds residents about resources for victims in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 2020

9/29/20 - Live Well Erie Housing Task Force readies CARES Act Rental and Mortgage Assistance

9/21/20 - Live Well Erie CARES Act Child Care fuunding powers virtual learning support center, emergency child care

9/8/20 - Erie County announces shift and flexible work location agreement with CSEA following successful negotiation of new policy

9/3/20 - Erie Cunty designates grant funding for Emergency Child Care

July 2020

7/21/20 - Erie County receiving federal assistance to mitigate impact of COVID-19

7/1/20 - Live Well Erie Housing Advisory  convenes to confront looming housing crisis

May 2020

5/28/20 - Erie County Social Services Department announces pandemic EBT benefit

April 2020

4/20/20 - EC Department of Social Services received COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Grant from the Redlich Horowitz Foundation

4/11/20 - EC Department of Social Services shares resources for families in crisis

4/2/20 - EC Department of Social Services reminds residents to access programs from home

March 2020

3/16/20 - EC Department of Social Services announced steps to to help combat the transmission of the COVID-19 virus

February 2020

2/14/20 - EC Department of Social Services awarded additional $2 million to expand day care availability for local families

January 2020

1/16/20 - Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board delivers annual report

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December 2019

12/13/19 - 2019 Poverty Initaitives Allocation designates over $1.6 million in County anti-poverty grants

12/3/19 - Erie County Executive consents to refugeee re-settlement

November 2019

11/12/19 - Home Energy Assistance Program opening today

October 2019

10/28/19 - Live Well Erie Mobile Services Unit rolls out

September 2019

9/9/19 - Poloncarz unveils "Live Well Erie"

July 2019

7/23/19 - Erie County Department of Social Services and Erie County Youth Bureau sponsor Summer Primetime Picnic

7/3/19 - Poloncarz, Cannon join EC Social Services staff to cut ribbon at new Appletree office

May 2019

5/21/19 - Foster Families change lives

March 2019

3/27/19 - Poloncarz delivers 2019 State of County Address

3/1/19 - Poloncarz statement on Dirschberger verdict

February 2019

2/26/19 - Rath Building seventh floor Social Services offices unveil new look

January 2019

1/9/19 - Ongoing federal shutdown has stopped multiple County programs, threatens SNAP funding