OTDA Mission & Purpose

OTDA Home About OTDA OTDA Mission

OTDA Mission

  • To enhance the economic security of low-income working families
  • To assist work-capable public assistance recipients in achieving entry into the workforce
  • To assist individuals with priority needs other than work-readiness in accessing appropriate benefits and services
  • To enhance child well-being and reduce child poverty

OTDA Purpose

To oversee a range of the State’s most important programs for its low-income residents, with a focus on employment wherever possible, and to provide leadership, guidance and support to local departments of social services in the administration of those programs.

OTDA is measured by the extent to which it:

  1. assists welfare recipients and potential welfare recipients in entering employment;
  2. promotes access to economic supports for low-income working New Yorkers;
  3. connects individuals with special needs to appropriate services; and
  4. helps to reduce child poverty.

Back to Top