Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2111
Chris Rediehs, Commissioner
Karen Durham, Head Social Welfare Examiner St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services (315) 379-2155
Brief Description of Services:
The Temporary Assistance Unit provides financial assistance to families to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and fuel. Those families that qualify for Temporary Assistance may also receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
Applications are accepted Monday - Friday during normal business hours. Applicants who have an emergency are interviewed the same day they apply. This enables applicants to access needed services sooner, and with less travel. Income and resource guidelines for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps are different.
People can determine their likely eligibility for Temporary Assistance, Food Stamps, HEAP, and Other Programs by visiting NYS MyBenefits Website at: www.mybenefits.ny.gov OR click on the picture (below).
Any questions about eligibility or procedure can be directed to:
Please note: all applicants for TA with minor child(ren) must file child support referrals whenever there is a parent(s) that does not live in the household.
NOTICE: Automated Finger Imaging Project
This notice is to tell you about the automated finger imaging system requirement for all adults and heads of household that are receiving or applying for Family Assistance (FA), Safety Net Assistance (SNA), Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA).
The automated finger imaging process uses a computer system that electronically takes a fingerprint quickly and easily. The system uses a photo image process, no ink, or cards are used. The system will also take a digitized photo at the same time.
Finger images will be stored and matched against those of other applicants for or recipients of FA, SNA, FS, FAP, EAF, ESNA.
Each client will have his/her finger images taken and stored on the automated finger image system as a requirement for receiving public benefits.
THERE IS NOTHING YOU NEED TO DO AT THE PRESENT TIME. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN YOU NEED TO COME TO THE AGENCY TO BE FINGER IMAGED.
NOTICE: Documentation Required for Eligibility Determination
In order to complete your eligibility determination, bring the following documentation with you for your interview:
NYDocSubmit is a mobile application that allows certain applicants and recipients in participating social services districts to take pictures of their documents and submit them to their local district office using their Apple iOS or Android device. There is no need for the individual to take time off from work, stand in line or travel to the district office to drop off documents.
Note: NYDocSubmit is not monitored for emergencies and is not to be used to submit an application or to submit a periodic report.
PROOF OF WHO YOU ARE: (For each applying household member)
PROOF OF WHERE YOU LIVE:
PROOF OF ANY INCOME:
IF APPLICABLE, a statement from your previous employer regarding your last day worked, the amount of your last check, and the reasons that you are no longer employed.
PROOF OF UNEARNED INCOME:
PROOF OF RESOURCES:
PROOF OF MEDICAL EXPENSES:
NOTICE: Handout for All Applicants for Temporary Assistance
This information is available to all applicants for Temporary Assistance. It is intended to help you determine if you are a victim of Domestic Violence and to consider ways to make yourself and your family safe and self-supporting.
SERVICES: You can call a 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline for Information about Emergency Shelter, Support Groups, Counseling and your Legal Rights.
In New York City call: 1-800-62 I-HOPE (1-800-621-4673).
You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for Temporary Assistance. If you think that you are a victim of domestic violence and that meeting one or more of the requirements may place you or your children at greater risk of harm or make it more difficult to escape from abuse, you may request a temporary delay of those requirements by requesting a temporary waiver. A temporary waiver of program requirements can be given by a Domestic Violence Liaison (DVL) if it is deteremined that these requirements would increase the potential for continued abuse of you and/or your children.