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.
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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.
Applications are now being accepted for the federally-funded Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) which covers households with income up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Applications for state-funded program for households with income between 80 and 120 percent AMI are also accepted through the ERAP application portal.
Landlords whose tenants have left their rental property or who are unwilling to apply for ERAP, can apply for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP) on the LRAP 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
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
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
Find information about required domestic violence services (including identification of victims, provision of services, and available services
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 email@example.com|
|Office, Division or Program||Phone|