Lewis County


Food Stamps:

The Food Stamp Program issues monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. Food stamp benefits help low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP):

The Low-Income (HEAP) is a federally funded program that assists eligible households in meeting their home energy needs.

Homeless Housing Programs: 

DSS administers an array of programs to address homelessness in Lewis County. These range from programs to prevent homelessness to relocation of homeless persons in temporary housing.

Temporary Assistance (TA):

TA is temporary help for needy men, women and children. If you are unable to work, can't find a job, or your job does not pay enough, TA may help to pay for some of your basic expenses.

Child Support Enforcement:

The child support enforcement program has legislative authority to collect overdue child support (arrears) and to obtain medical coverage through a variety of administrative procedures. Administrative procedures can be put into action without going to court.  Before any administrative procedure is begun, a notice is sent to the non custodial parent. The notice explains the procedure, provides a deadline and instructions to comply with or challenge the action, and explains the consequences of failing to comply. Several different kinds of enforcement actions may occur at the same time, based on the dollar amount of the debt or the length of time the debt has been accruing.

Employment and Advancement Services:

DSS supports an array of services to assist Temporary Assistance and Food Stamp applicants and recipients in securing and retaining employment and achieving self sufficiency.

Resources for Working Families:  

DSS promotes a number of work supports to remove barriers to employment, including transportation assistance and child care subsidy program.

Adult Services:


When we talk about adult and elder abuse, we're talking about family. Your family, my family, the family next door, the family across town. Someone you know might be suffering from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. The kindly neighbor next door who trims your hedges might be a victim of financial exploitation by a family member, caretaker, or other close associate.

Studies indicate that 1 out of every 14 citizens over 60 are the victims of some sort of abuse.

And for each case of elder abuse reported, five more cases go unreported. It's hard to imagine that those who have protected and cared for us for all these years may now need our care and protection, but it's true. Protective Services for Adults program is a mandated program created by law to aid in the protection of impaired adults over the age of 18 who may be falling victim to abuse.

Clients are among the most debilitated and neglected members of the community: the frail elderly, the mentally ill, the mentally retarded and the abused and exploited. These persons are often not known to any agency or have refused services and are isolated from family and friends. The need to provide help for these individuals will continue to grow as our population ages & family ties become strained by distance or by the  burden that chronic illness bears on a family.

Child and Family Services:

The abuse or maltreatment of children is against the law. Victims need an effective child protective service to prevent them from suffering further injury and impairment.

The purpose of the Child Protective Services Act of 1973 mandated the reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The law established a Child Protective Service in each county that is required to investigate child abuse and maltreatment reports, to protect children (under 18 years old) from further, and to provide services to children, parents, and other family members involved.

Prevent Out of Home Placement:

As more reports of families in crisis came into the child welfare system, it was evident that stronger preventive services needed to be developed within communities. NYS Office of Children and Family Services set funding aside for each county to establish networks of support; one program mandated to prevent high level placement costs is PINS Diversion Program




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