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Department of Social Services

About Us

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 (Ref. Title 18 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York and Social Services Law, Chapter 55).

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP):

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a program administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that offers the opportunity for low-income children 18 years of age and younger, as well as disabled young adults over age 18 enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities, to receive free, nutritious meals during the summer months when schools are not in session.For more information, please contact 2-1-1 or The USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (877-8-HAMBRE). You can also visit

Eligibility Programs

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.

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.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) assists households with meeting the costs of home fuel and heating needs.

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 Administrationl.

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.

My Benefits is a quick and easy way for people in New York State to find answers to questions about New York State's programs and services.