Department of Social Services
Phone: (315) 379-2111
Chris Rediehs, Commissioner
Contact Person: 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 food stamps, medicaid and HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program).
One unit now authorizes Temporary Assistance and Food Stamp benefits. Effective July 1, 2003 separate undercare and intake units were combined in an effort to increase efficiency. Scheduled appointments for applicants were eliminated, unless requested by the applicant.
Walk-in application are taken Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm. Applicants who have an emergency are also Mon - Fri. This change has enabled applicants to access needed services sooner, and with less travel. Income and resource guidelines for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps are different and change on a regular basis.
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:
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:
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.
IF APPLICABLE, a signed and dated statement from the babysitter for the last four (4) weeks.
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.
Are you in danger of your partner or ex-partner doing any of the following?
What kinds of services are available?
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).
Locally, you can call:
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.