Department of Social Services St Lawrence County - Canton NY
Financial Help Provided: financial assistance to families
The Temporary Assistance Unit provides financial assistance to families to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and fuel. Those families that qualify for Temporary Assistance may also receive food stamps, medicaid and HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program).
One unit now authorizes Temporary Assistance and Food Stamp benefits. Effective July 1, 2003 separate undercare and intake units were combined in an effort to increase efficiency. Scheduled appointments for applicants were eliminated, unless requested by the applicant.
Walk-in application are taken Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm. Applicants who have an emergency are also Mon - Fri. This change has enabled applicants to access needed services sooner, and with less travel. Income and resource guidelines for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps are different and change on a regular basis.
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