Social Services Department, Tompkins County
Resource Details
Alternate Name DSS Tompkins County
Description Update August 2020- Individuals and families can apply for benefits online at

Coronavirus Update as of 4/13:
Automatically extending certain TA/MA/SNAP and SNAP only recertifications scheduled to expire in March, April and May for a period of three months. For the certification periods ending 3/31/20, 4/30/20 and 5/31/20, a 3-month extension of SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP benefits has been approved for cases throughout the State.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by March 31 and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by June 30. If your case was scheduled to recertify by April 30 and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by July 31. If your case was scheduled to recertify by May 31 and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by August 31.

All New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum monthly benefit for March and April. Those not previously receiving the maximum benefit will receive a one-time payment that will vary by household size. For more information visit or call Tompkins County DSS at 607-274-5201.

Benefits and services to sustain families and individuals and to help them achieve the highest degree of independence possible.

Programs include :
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program), formerly Food Stamps
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • temporary asssistance
  • emergency housing assistance
  • adoption
  • day care
  • child support establishment/enforcement
  • child protective services
  • family assessment response
  • foster care
  • protective services for adults
  • long term care

Applicants denied benefits can request  fair hearings by calling the Office of Administrative Hearings, 800-342-3334.

To determine eligibility and submit an application online, go to
Coverage Area NY - Tompkins County;

Defined coverage areas:
New York - Tompkins County
Physical Address 320 W State/ Martin Luther King Jr St
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
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Hours of operation:
Mon: 8:30am 4:30pm
Tue: 8:30am 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am 4:30pm
Thu: 8:30am 4:30pm
Fri: 8:30am 4:30pm
Contact Information
Mailing Address 320 W Martin Luther King Jr./State St
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
Fax Number 607-274-5666
main 607-274-5345
Director or Senior Administrator Name Kit Kephart
Director or Senior Administrator Title Commissioner
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address


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