Albany County Department of Social Services (DSS) is committed to building a strong workforce in our community through various activities. The DSS Employment Unit is responsible for the operation of the Welfare to Work program. This unit works with TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), Safety Net families and individuals as well as SNAP recipients who are determined to be Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) to help them enter the workforce, with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency.
All employable Temporary Assistance and ABAWD 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 Unit assists these individuals with finding employment and provides assistance with obtaining necessary support services which may be necessary to participate in employment or job-readiness activities. Such supports may include, but are not limited to: licensing fees, transportation and child care subsidy funding.
If you have any questions please call Albany County Department of Social Services Employment Unit at (518) 447-3017 or email us at DSSEmploymentunit@albanycountyny.gov for assistance.
For additional information please see this OTDA fact sheet:
Additional Resources for Job Seekers
Please refer to the Resources for Working Families | OTDA website, which provides additional information and resources to working families including potential supports such as: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 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.