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Jefferson County Temporary Assistance (TA)


Offers temporary help for individuals and families in need while they work towards self sufficiency.

Family Assistance (FA) provides money for families with children. Cash benefits are limited to five years in a recipient's lifetime. After five years, a Family Assistance case may continue to receive benefits if an adult is disabled and cannot work or may be required to apply for assistance through the Safety Net category.

Safety Net Assistance (SNA) provides money for basic living expenses for single adults and childless couples (or families who have used up their 5-year limit of FA). Cash benefits are limited to two years in a recipient's lifeltime. After two years, the non-cash Safety Net Assistance voucher system provides benefits.

Emergency Temporary Assistance through Emergency Assistance for Families (EAF) or Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA) provides assistance for crisis situations including evictions, moving expenses, utility shutoffs, help with food expenses, and diversion payments to help individuals avoid the need for ongoing assistance. Individuals do not need to be on public assistance to receive Emergency Temporary Assistance.

Eligibility: Eligibility varies depending on household size, available income, and expenses; call for details

Application Process: Call or walk-in to apply

Required Documentation: Proof of income required, call for specific documents

Fees: None

Jefferson County

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Jefferson County Department of Social Services

250 Arsenal Street
Watertown NY 13601

Website: co.jefferson.ny.us/ SocialServices

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5 PM July - August: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Disabled: Fully Accessible


Business Line: 315-785-3000

Website: co.jefferson.ny.us/departments/ SocialServices/temporary- assistance

250 Arsenal Street
Watertown NY 13601


Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM
July - August: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM

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Fully Accessible

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