Am I Eligible?
Check your potential eligibility for work supports and other programs at the self-service website: myBenefits .
You can also learn more by watching the video "Helping You Make Ends Meet"
Department of Social Services
David Kircher, Acting Commissioner
162 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12210
All applicants and recipients of public assistance must participate in work activities assigned by the DSS official in accordance with Department of Labor regulations.
Here is who is exempt:
ill or injured
60 years of age or more
under 16 or 19 and attending full-time secondary or vocational or technical programming
needed in the household
pregnant – beginning 30 days prior to delivery
parent or other caretaker relative of a child under twelve (12) months for a three month period up to a lifetime of twelve months
work limited – this term means individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition which limits their ability to work. Persons classified as work limited will still be assigned to work activities, however they will only be expected to participate at the level set forth by their medical or mental health practitioner.
Disabled – must be determined at application and recertification.
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