Putnam County DSS

This office provides:
Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Temporary Assistance
Temporary cash benefits and support for those who are found to be financially eligible. Emergency assistance may also be available for a crisis situation such as an eviction or utility shut -off or for those who are homeless, with no food or are a victim of Domestic Violence.

SNAP Food Stamps
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly Food Stamps) supplements the food budget of financially eligible households.

Health insurance coverage for low-income persons not required to obtain coverage directly from New York State of Health. (https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov) Coverage assists with medical bills, hospitalization, doctor’s visits, prescriptions etc. Also coverage for income eligible elderly and disabled and for nursing home care.

Child Care Subsidies
Help with child care costs for income eligible people to support employment and/or training leading to employment or if a parent(s) is unable to care for children due to illness or incapacity.

Child Support
Assists Albany County Public Assistance recipients in establishing paternity (if needed) and establishment and enforcement of child support orders. DSS also assists when there is a dispute over court ordered child support for all County residents

HEAP Program
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes.

If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year and could also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits if you are in danger of running out of fuel or having your utility service shut off.

Phone: (845) 808-1500
Address: 110 Old Route 6 Carmel, NY 10512
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Putnam County DSS Mission Statement:

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Social Services is to provide for financial and Social Services to eligible residents of Putnam County in accordance with applicable Federal State and County Laws, toward enhancing family functioning, reducing dependency, preventing deterioration and maintaining adults and children in the community where possible. This should be accomplished responsively in a compassionate and helpful manner, within reasonable time periods, in a dignified and pleasant environment, and responsibly with the utmost efficiency and cost effectiveness, with full appropriate accountability to the agency’s clients, the County administration, appropriate State and Federal agencies and the public at large.*
* taken from the Putnam County DSS website

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