Questions you may have in relation to the County Social Services Department in relation to the Coronavirus as of March 17, 2020 (PDF)
The Orange County Department of Social Services provides temporary help to eligible individuals and families with social service and financial needs in order to assist them with leading safe, healthy and independent lives.
Social Services initiatives and programs are administered under the direction of State and Federal Laws, Regulations and Mandates (Reference Title 18 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York and Social Services Law, Chapter 55).
Office Locations Around the County
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends and fun. Free summer meals can help. During the summer months, children 18 and under can receive free, nutritious meals at Summer Food Service Program meal sites. Many sites also offer fun activities, so kids and teens can stay active and spend time with friends while enjoying healthy meals. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.
To locate a site in your community or for further information, please call the National Hunger Hotline at: 1-866-3-HUNGRY, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877, or go to: www.Summermealsny.org.
Landlord Survey (closes 5pm on 4/9/2021)
The Orange County Office of Community Development and the Orange County Department of Social Services are collaborating on the administration of federal funding to address needs within our County related to rental housing stemming from the COVID pandemic. To better understand those needs we are hoping that you will share this attached survey with landlords in our community. If they provide their email address, we will add them to our email contact list regarding potential financial assistance for them and their tenants.
We have federal funds available now to assist those who are experiencing domestic violence, living in unsafe conditions, living in the home of another person, living in a hotel or motel, or do not have a home of their own. If you know of someone who can be assisted with these funds, please have them call the Orange County Crisis Call Center at 311 or Terri Torchio at dfa5a33.sm.HousingStabilization@dfa.state.ny.us to see if they qualify for immediate rapid rehousing financial assistance. OCDSS has other assistance available to those in need including Temporary Assistance, Child Care, Home Energy Assistance or Medicaid.