4/20/20: Erie County Department of Social Services receives COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Grant from the Redlich Horowitz Foundation

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

3/16/20: Erie County Department of Social Services announces steps to to help combat the transmission of the COVID-19 virus

2/14/20: EC Department of Social Services awarded additional $2 million to expand Day Care availability for local families

1/21/20: Poloncarz statement on impact Governor Cuomo's proposed changes to Medicaid would have on locall government budgets


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

12/3/19: Erie County Executive consents to refugee resettlement

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

10/28/19: Live Well Erie Mobile Services rolls out

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

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 offices

6/26/19: Poloncarz, Cannon welcome back Christopher Kennedy back to County service

5/23/19: Poloncarz budget balancing actions provide funding for infrastructure, economic development, anti-poverty programs

5/21/19: Foster Families change lives

4/23/19: Erie County Department of Social Services seeks organizations, businesses to host 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program participants

4/22/19: Rath Building to re-open Tuesday with some limitations

4/22/19: Rath Building closed today due to major water break

4/15/19: Poloncarz, Cannon announce hiring of Foster Care Ombudsperson to oversee issues, solve problems existing in Foster Care System

3/1/19: Poloncarz statement on Dirschberger verdict

2/26/19: Rath Building Seventh Floor Social Services offices unveil new look

1/29/19: Poloncarz issues travel advisory for Buffalo, Northern Erie County; EC Social Services offices asks clients to postpone visits today during winter storm
1/24/19: Erie County Social Services Department offering support to furloughed federal employees

1/9/19: Ongoing Federal Shutdown has stopped multiple County programs, threatens SNAP funding



11/30/18: Office of Erie County Medicaid Inspector General report shows stabilization in Medicaid usage

11/20/18: Poloncarz statement on final report of Lemire Law Firm in Dirschberger matter 

11/9/18: Home Energy Assistance Program opening Tuesday

10/23/18: Erie County HEAP, Emergency Services offices move to new downtown space

9/13/18: EC Social Services promotes Rybicki, Gavin to First Deputy Commissioner posts

6/6/18: Erie County Social Services staff ready for 2018 Corporate Challenge

5/24/18: Erie County Department of Social Services announces 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program

5/1/18: Erie County Department of Social Services recruiting Summer Youth Employment work sites

4/25/18: Erie County Department of Social Services to re-locate Office of Child Support Enforcement

4/6/18: HEAP Clean and Tune Program now open

3/27/18: Poloncarz appoints Marie Marie Cannon Commissioner of Erie County Social Services 

3/8/18: EC Department of Social Services Pilots Extended Hours on Thursdays

3/2/18: EC Department of Social Services Announced Medicaid Transition

2/9/18: EC Special Investigations Division Focuses on Benefit Fraud, Completes Successful 2017


12/28/17: County Executive Poloncarz's Statement on Resignation of Department of Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger

12/4/17: Renovated EC Social Services offices ready to welcome visitors

11/9/17: Home Energy Assistance Program Opening Monday

11/3/17: EC Department of Social Services Announces Class on how to apply for Erie County Civil Service Exams

10/17/17: Erie County Social Services Deploys UB School of Social Work Interns in the Community

10/16/17: Poloncarz presents 2018 Erie County Proposed Budget

10/9/17: First Source Policy Puts Local Workers First 

9/27/17: First Source Policy Brings Employment Opportunities to Erie County Residents

8/22/17: Erie County Poverty Summit Brings Partners Together for Communitywide Discussion, Action

7/11/17: Summer Time is Prime Time for Learning, Fun in Erie County

6/29/17: EC Department of Social Services Announces Fatherhood Connection Classes

6/6/17: East Aurora Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Charge Involving Minor

5/25/17: Erie County Summer Youth Employment Program Ready to Hire

5/3/17: Poloncarz, Erie County Social Services Department Announce Opening of HEAP Cooling Season 

5/2/17: Erie County Social Services Announces Exams for Entry-Level Positions

4/21/17: Erie County Social Services Launches Yearlong Foster Care Initiative With Permanency Summit

4/17/17: Erie County Social Services Event to Focus on Child Abuse Prevention

4/12/17: Erie County Social Services Recruiting Summer Youth Employment Worksites

3/20/17: Report on the Impact of the Trump Administration's Proposed 2018 Federal Budget Blueprint on Erie County

3/13/17: Erie County Social Services, Mobile Safety Net partners to host Family Night Out in Lackawanna


9/12/16: Erie County Department of Social Services Report Shows Average Child Protective Worker Caseload Below Fifteen

5/3/16: Poloncarz, Department of Social Services Announce Opening of HEAP Cooling Program

4/15/16: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

3/18/16: HEAP Outreach Extended in Erie County Until April 8

2/22/16: Poloncarz, Erie County's Department of Social Services Announce Black History Luncheon Celebration

1/13/16: Poloncarz Appoints New Leadership for Erie County Youth Services Division


9/17/15: Poloncarz Appoints Members of Poverty Committee

9/11/15: Erie County Social Services to launch SNAP Call Center

9/1/15: New Partnership Between EC Social Services, School Districts Places CPS Workers in Local Schools

8/31/15: EC Special Investigations Division Receives Accolade for Pursuing Beneficiary Fraud

3/11/15: Poloncarz Introduces Dirschberger as Nominee for Commissioner of Social Services


11/13/14: Long Lines Anticipated During Opening of HEAP Season

11/5/14: Analysis of EC Medicaid Usage Reveals Rising Percentage of New Enrollees, Particularly Children, Across County While County Share of Program is Lower

10/1/14: EC Social Services Department Receives Grant Funding

7/31/14: Erie County DSS Team Takes "PIVOT" to Capitol Hill

7/28/14: Summertime Opportunities Abound with Operation Primetime

7/24/14: County Social Services, Child & Family Services, Collaborate on Domestic Violence Initiative

6/26/14: County Social Services Announces Managerial Realignment

6/11/14: Erie County, Matt Urban Center Team Up to Provide Hope to Homeless Women and Children

6/3/14: Erie County CPS Presents Initiatives to Build Staff, Shrink Caseloads, Backlog

5/23/14: Poloncarz Issues Statement Regarding Child Protective Services in Erie County

4/15/14: Poloncarz Presents Legislation to Improve Child Protective Services; CPS Legislation Memorandum

3/18/14: EC Child Protective Services Adds Social Media to Investigative Arsenel

3/10/14: Poloncarz Announces Completion of County Social Services' Reorganization

2/19/14: County Office of Child Support Recovers Funds for Local Children

2/14/14: EC Statement on NYS Office of Children & Family Services Report on EC Child Protective Services Unit

2/10/14: County Child Protective Services, Health Care Providers Join Forces

2/6/14: Poloncarz Notes 2013 Successes in Rooting Out Welfare Waste, Fraud, & Abuse

1/31/14: Poloncarz Announces HEAP Program Season Extended

1/16/14: Year-Round Youth Programming Gives Reason to Celebrate in 2014


12/31/13: Poloncarz Announces Availability of Emergency Energy Assistance Funds

12/10/13: Families, Children Celebrate Adoption in Erie County

12/9/13: Erie County HEAP Warms Up for 2013/2014 Season

11/18/13: Erie County Statement on Unusual SNAP Benefit Payments

10/29/13: County Providing Counselors to Boost Health Care Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act