Department of Social Services
David Kircher, Acting Commissioner
162 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12210
The Department's Employment Unit is responsible for the operation of the Welfare to Work program. This unit works with TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) as well Safety Net families and individuals to help them enter the workforce employment with the goal of achieving their self sufficiency.
All employable Temporary Assistance recipients are required to participate in programs or actually be working a certain number of hours each week in order to be eligible for continued assistance without penalty.
Through a variety of job training programs and educational services, the employment staff assists these individuals with finding employment, as well as provides them all necessary support services they may need to participate in these activities to include but not limited to transportation and child care subsidy funding.
Additional Resources for Job Seekers
The www.myBenefits.ny.gov website has been developed to demonstrate how employment can be a positive force in people's lives, and how employment increases the economic stability for the household. The site also provides other information and resources to working families including Food Stamps, free tax preparation, Earned Income Tax Credits, Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and School Breakfast and Lunch Meals.
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"