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.

Operating Update

All non-emergency client appointments at the Erie County Department of Social Services are suspended. 

  • In-person assistance is restricted to emergency needs such as homelessness, eviction, disconnected utilities...

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....