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Clinton County DSS Plattsburgh

Website: http://www.clintoncountygov.com/

Plattsburgh, NY - 12901

Financial Help Provided: Food Stamps, HEAP, Temporary Assistance

Full Description:

The Department of Social Services is a complex agency, one which administers many programs with many clients.
Since the passage of Welfare Reform in 1996, the manner in which we deal with our clients has dramatically changed. It has been a very exciting last five years.
In financial services, our goal is to no longer just help the needy receive benefits, but to help them not need them. We have a whole array of services, which can help individuals attain self-sufficiency.
In Social Services, we focus on families' strengths and build on them in order to preserve those families and make them stronger.
These holistic approaches are ones which we always try to maintain with the view that all we do at the Clinton County Department of Social Services contributes to making Clinton County stronger and a better place to live.
I hope you enjoy your trip through our site, which exposes you to the programs provided by the dedicated staff at our Department.

Food Stamps:
You may be eligible for Food Stamps if:
You work and get low wages
Have little or no income
Are elderly or disabled
Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Receive public assistance (TANF)
Are homeless (even if you are staying with someone or you are staying at a shelter temporarily)
You may also be eligible even if you own a home or a car
How to Apply:
You must fill out an application. This is an important step because your Food Stamp benefit is computed from the day you file your Food Stamp application.
How long will it take to receive this benefit:
It may take up to 30 days. It is possible to get your Food Stamps within 5 business days. This is called Expedited Food Stamps. You do not need to be out of food to apply for expedited food stamps. You may be eligible for expedited food stamps if you are eligible for food stamps and one or more of the following apply:
Your household has less than $100 cash and other available resources also has or will get less than $150 in gross income during the month that you apply
Your income and available resources are less than your rent or mortgage, plus heat, utilities and telephone
You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Heap is a federally funded program designed to help low income households to meet energy costs. Heap payments are generally made in the form of a voucher directly to the energy provider. Heap is divided into two program areas - regular HEAP and emergency HEAP.

Medical Assistance (Medicaid) provides essential medical services to those unable to meet the cost of health care. In most cases, you may be eligible to receive medical assistance if you are in receipt of temporary assistance (TANF), receive supplemental income (SSI) or if you meet certain income, resource, age or disability criteria. There are also expanded eligibility levels, if you are pregnant or if you have a child.

Supportive Services
Supportive services offer short term solutions to help retain or obtain employment.

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Tips For Prompt And Professional Assistance
1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.