Temporary Assistance

1021 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-334-5440
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
Interviews Available: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday-Friday. Emergencies are handled on a daily basis.

  • Temporary Assistance (TA) is the term now used in NYS for Public Assistance (welfare) programs. The term conveys the message that assistance is short-term help for families and individuals while they work their way toward self-sufficiency. Program has an employment focus. TA clients receive money for basic living expenses, food stamps and medical coverage. Eligibility is based on the income and resources of the family. Family Assistance provides money to families with children and Safety Net Assistance provides money for basic living expenses for single adults and childless couples.

  • Emergency Assistance for Adults (EAA) is a short-term program to meet the emergency needs of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.

  • Emergency Assistance for Families (EAF) is a short-term program to meet the emergency needs of families.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a Federally funded program that helps low income households pay home energy costs and funds programs for low cost residential weatherization and other energy related home repairs. HEAP is available to low income, TA and SSI households during the heating season (mid-November through April).  For more information, go to https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/

  • Ulster County's 2020-2021 TA and SNAP Employment Plan for January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021, in accordance with 18NYCRR Part 385 and all other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, is available for public review and comment .  The Employment Plan is designed to address the needs of public assistance and SNAP recipients by providing work activities and supportive services necessary to prepare these individuals to compete in the labor market and gain long term independence.  Copies of this plan are available for review at the Ulster County Department of Social Services or by calling the Commissioner’s Office at (845)334-5221.  A link to the document can be found at the bottom of this page, as well.  The public is invited to comment on the draft Plan until December 12, 2019 in a letter addressed to Commissioner Michael Iapoce, Ulster County Department of Social Services, 1061 Development Court, Kingston, NY 12401.