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Temporary Assistance (TA)

Temporary Assistance application/recertification interviews as well as screenings for Drug/alcohol or Domestic Violence may be conducted digitally or via phone at the client’s request. All employment (including education) activities may be submitted via fax: 845-486-3142, uploaded to, using the NYDocSubmit Application (.pdf reference), by mail, or by scan at the DCFS kiosk.

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In New York State there are three financial assistance programs:

Family Assistance (FA)

This program provides money for families with children. Cash benefits are limited to five years in a recipient’s lifetime. After five years a Family Assistance recipient may continue to receive benefits if an adult is disabled and cannot work or may be required to apply for assistance through the Safety Net category.

Safety Net Assistance (SNA)

This program provides money for basic living expenses for single adults and childless couples or families who have used up their 5-year limit of FA. Cash benefits are limited to two years including any cash benefits received through Family Assistance. After two years, the non-cash Safety Net Assistance voucher system provides benefits. 

Emergency Temporary Assistance

An emergency is an urgent need or situation that must be taken care of right away. Emergency Assistance for Families (EAF) and Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA) provide assistance for crisis situations. 

Emergency Temporary Assistance is available when you:

  • Are homeless (you must be seen at our 60 Market St, Poughkeepsie location)
  • Have little or no food
  • Have a pending eviction 
  • Have no fuel for heating in the cold weather
  • Have a utility shut off notice
  • You or someone in your family is being threatened or physically harmed


  • 845-486-3000
  • 845-486-3090
  • Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS)
    60 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm 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

Additional DCFS Locations

Eastern Dutchess Government Center (EDGC)
Beacon Center

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Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a Temporary Assistance benefit, individuals and families will be subject to income and resource tests. Benefit levels vary depending on household size, available income and expenses. Please keep in mind that you may NOT be eligible for benefits if you do not meet guidelines set by New York State. 

To learn more visit the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

How can I apply?

To find out if you are eligible for Temporary Assistance you must file an application and be interviewed. During COVID-19 interviews will be conducted via phone. Visit to apply or recertify. You can also submit a paper application/recertification at 60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie 12601 or fax to 845.486.3142. If you are homeless you must be seen at our 60 Market St, Poughkeepsie. 

Way to Work Dutchess

Low income  individuals who face transportation challenges to obtain or maintain work, are eligible for the Way to Work Dutchess Program, formerly known as Wheels to Work.  Way to Work Dutchess assists eligible participants obtain permits, licenses, learn how to maintain a car, and potentially acquire a used car. For more information visit the "Way to Work" Brochure (.pdf)

Way to Work Dutchess accepts donated used vehicles which are either repaired with program funds or recycled for cash to help fund the program. The donated cars will help low-income county residents obtain, maintain, or improve their employment. 

Contact person:  Taylor O’Donnell at the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board 
Email address:
Telephone: 845-249-4642