The Economic Independence Division provides various forms of financial assistance to families and individuals. They are subject to income and resource eligibility levels which must be satisfied by applicants and recipients in order to qualify for assistance. Participation in Welfare to Work Programs is also required for employable applicants and recipients.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Temporary Assistance
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Medicaid provides medical assistance for those families and individuals whose medical expenses exceed their income.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Food Stamps) benefits supplement low income households in order to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
Temporary Assistance provides cash assistance to Orange County residents lacking income and resources to maintain a minimal standard of living.
Program Integrity provides a forum for applicants and recipients of Social Service benefit programs to appeal Agency decisions based on N.Y. State Codes, Rules and Regulations. Administrative Reviews and Fair Hearings are conducted by this unit.
Employment activities for employable recipients are coordinated with the Orange County Employment and Training Administration.
The Orange County Employment and Training Administration in conjunction with Orange County Department of Social Services has completed a draft 2020-2021 Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment Plan. The plan consists of policies followed by the district including subject areas such as Assurances, Administration, Engagement and Work Preparation, Support Services, Conciliation, Sanction and Dispute Resolution, Disability Determinations, Documentation and Requirements for Exempt Individuals.
If interested, appropriate parties can review and comment for a 30 day period. Any comments on this plan can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Housing for eligible homeless applicants/recipients is provided.
Child Care (Day Care) is a critical element for families who are trying to gain and/or maintain employment and self-sufficiency. Parents who would like to know if they qualify for child care assistance can call for a telephone screening.