Low-income families and individuals may be eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that provides monthly discounts for broadband service, and a one-time discount for a computer/tablet. Consumers need to enroll in the ACP with a participating provider that offers connected devices (Note: not all internet companies offer device discounts). For more info check out: ACPBenefit.org.
Need to pay Child Support, Medicaid Spenddown, Assistance Repayments, or Temporary Housing Share? No need to travel to our office, pay 24/7 with a credit card. Click MAKE A PAYMENT for this option.
From the comfort of your home use NYDocSubmit, a mobile application that allows applicants and recipients to take pictures of their documents and submit them to our office using their Apple iOS or Android device. The app is free and available for download on Google Play™ or Apple App Store™. NYDocSubmit (Frequently Asked Questions)
The mission of the Department is to provide temporary assistance to sustain low income and disabled persons, and to protect and support individuals in achieving the greatest degree of independence.
New York State ERAP applications will not be accepted after January 20, 2023, at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Individuals will not be able to submit applications, or complete applications that have been started but not submitted, after January 20, 2023 at 9:00 pm. Applications submitted before the application portal closes on January 20, 2023 will continue to be processed in the order received, consistent with State law and program rules. After the portal closes to new applications, tenants and landlords may continue to upload required documentation for pending submitted applications through the portal ERAP application portal.
Funding is available to provide legal services or attorney’s fees for tenants whose income is 80% or less of Area Median Income (AMI) facing eviction proceedings. For more information call: 877-574-8529.
Dutchess County residents in need of resources to avert eviction can call 211, or alternatively, 1-800-899-1479; choose to continue in English or Spanish; and press 7 to select the Dutchess Eviction Prevention Line. Specially trained 211 staff ask a series of questions and then provide a customized list of programs the tenant appears eligible for based on the information provided. There is also an online tool with which residents can answer the questions and receive a call back from 211 with their customized resources.
Do you need help paying for overdue water and wastewater bills?
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) can help.
For more information, visit https://otda.ny.gov/LIHWAP
DCFSinfo@dutchessny.gov should not be used to submit applications or case documents as we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of these document submissions. Please use NYdocsubmit (mobile phone application) or visit www.MyBenefits.NY.gov.
Need to pay Child Support, Medicaid Spenddown, Assistance Repayments, or Temporary Housing Share?
Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible low-income individuals.
SNAP helps low-income working people, seniors, and the disabled to put healthy food on the table
HEAP assists individuals with the cost of heat and energy-related expenses
In New York State there are three financial assistance programs: Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance and Emergency Temporary Assistance
The Child Care Program is designed to help low-income families meet their child care needs.
Temporary Housing is offered to eligible homeless families and low-income individuals.
Legally responsible persons are required to contribute to their children’s support, to the best of their ability.
To ensure that children under the age of 18 are protected and families are supported to achieve safety, permanency and well-being.
Open Your Heart and Your Home to make a difference in a child’s life
Strengthening Family Workshops for parents and youth ages 10-14, provides tools, skills, and strategies to build stronger families in seven weeks.
Serving adults (age 18+) who, due to physical or mental impairments: are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or other harm.
Assuring every youth a fair and equal opportunity to attain his/her full potential
ACEs are stressful or traumatic events experienced during childhood, which are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of physical and mental health problems throughout a person’s lifetime.
ACEs are common in every population group. Individuals who have experienced ACEs may benefit from an array of community-based services.
Please click on this link for more information on ACEs: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/cwcs/aces.php
Find information about required domestic violence services (including identification of victims, provision of services, and available services
When you seek assistance Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services, you have rights as well as responsibilities. The following information should be helpful for you to understand what you can expect and how your can best be prepared.
If an applicant believes the Department has made an incorrect decision, they have the right to request a fair hearing.
The Special Investigations Unit is responsible for the investigation of fraud abuse allegations for Temporary Assistance, SNAP, Medicaid and Child Care programs
The Dutchess County Task Force Against Human Trafficking is a multi-disciplinary group of professionals, whose mission is to prevent human trafficking by working collaboratively to raise knowledge and awareness in our county, to identify potential victims, and to provide comprehensive trauma informed services.
For more information contact the Human Trafficking Coordinator at 845-249-4878 or email HumanTrafficking@DutchessNY.gov
|Child Abuse – Hotline at||1-800-342-3720|
|Adult Protective Services Helpline (8am - 5pm Monday – Friday)||1-844-697-3505|
|Welfare Fraud Report Line||1-800-367-4448|
|Medicaid Fraud Control Unit||212-417-5397|
|New York State Medicaid/Medical Assistance Fraud||1-877-873-7283|
|Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Fraud||1-800-269-0271|
|Social Security Disability Insurance Fraud||1-800-269-0271|
|Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Vendor Fraud||1-800-424-9121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Office, Division or Program||Phone|