Temporary Assistance

Temporary assistance is the cash component of the Assistance Programs. Consumers receive a cash benefit either paid to them or to a vendor to pay for specific household needs. Household composition, resources, and income levels will affect the amount of the shelter, heat, utility and other payments made for eligible families and individuals. 

Contact Number:  607.778.1100     Fax:  607.778.3007

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is automatically extending certain TA recertifications scheduled to expire in March, April , May and June of 2020  for a six months.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by March 31, 2020, and you did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by September 30,2020.  Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by April 30, 2020, and you did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by October 31,2020.  Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by May 31, 2020, and you did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by November 30,2020.  Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by June 30, 2020, and you did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by December 31 ,2020.  Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

 Pub. 5194 pdf. Know Your Resources: Non-Parent Caregiver Benefits  

If you are a non parent caregiver for a minor child, you may also be eligible for cash assistance.  Find more information at this link: Non-Parent (Kinship) Caregiver Assistance.

NYS Kinship Navigator provides information, advocacy and community referrals for resources to those who are raising someone else's child. The link to NYS Kinship Navigator is: www.nysnavigator.org

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If you have a question regarding your benefits or would like to contact a local Temporary Assistance (TA) representative, you may call us at                                

607-778-1100 or email us at:    

BCDSSSNAP@dfa.state.ny.us