The Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS) is dedicated to providing financial assistance and support services to eligible residents of the county. Through a range of wellness programs, such as health care, cash assistance, and emergency housing, the department helps vulnerable American families. Recipients receive a letter with instructions for contacting the Suffolk Works Employment Program for compliance assistance and a job search record. The department also provides free transportation to eligible Medicaid beneficiaries, covers basic burial costs for temporary assistance recipients, and offers emergency housing to those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
In addition, the Suffolk County Department of Social Services provides free or low-cost subsidized child care services for eligible families residing in the county. To report a homeless encampment, contact your local Suffolk County Police Department sheriff's office by calling (63 852-COPS). The department also supports low-income families by covering part or all of their child care costs. Monthly temporary assistance (TA) is available to eligible individuals or families, as well as programs for unique emergency needs.
The department works together with New York State and the federal government to provide publicly funded social assistance programs to people in need. The civil rights regulations and policies of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA, their agencies, offices and employees, and the institutions that participate in or administer USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or retaliation or retaliation for previous civil rights activities in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.