The Department of Social Services offers temporary help for needy men, women and children. If you are unable to work, can't find a job or your job does not pay enough to meet your basic living expenses you may be eligible to receive help. Erie County has a Work First policy that focuses on the temporary nature of cash assistance and an individual's responsibility to achieve self-sufficiency.

Review the information included in the links above to learn more about the different types of assistance available.

SNAP and Temporary Assistance Recertification Dates Extended

If you are scheduled to recertify for SNAP or TA benefits between now and the end of May 2020, your recertification date has been extended out by six months....

Automated phone calls went out to clients of the Erie County Department of Social Services on Wednesday, November 24th to advise them of the many ways in which they can access the Department's benefits and services without having to make in-...