OTDA Home Programs and Services

Programs and Services

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. SNAP benefits help low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Low-Income (HEAP) is a federally funded program that assists eligible households in meeting their home energy needs.
Temporary Assistance (TA)
TA is temporary help for needy men, women and children. If you are unable to work, can’t find a job, or your job does not pay enough, TA may be able to help you pay for your expenses.
Child Support Enforcement
The Division of Child Support Enforcement is the single State agency designated to supervise the administration of the State’s child support enforcement program.
Fair Hearings
A Fair Hearing is a chance for you to tell an Administrative Law Judge (from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Office of Administrative Hearings) why you think a decision about your case made by a local social services agency is wrong.
Housing and Support Services
OTDA administers an array of programs to address homelessness in New York State. These range from programs to prevent homelessness to the actual construction of housing for homeless persons.
Shelter Services
OTDA oversees family and single shelters for the homeless that are operated by local social services districts and not-for-profit organizations.
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA)
BRIA is the single state entity responsible for the implementation of services to refugees.
SSI/Social Security Disability Determinations
The Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
New York State Supplement Program (SSP)
SSP provides state-funded financial assistance to aged, blind and disabled individuals and is part of the monthly benefit paid to most Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
Eat Smart New York
ESNY is free nutrition education available to all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants and those eligible to receive SNAP.
Employment and Training Services
In New York State, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training Program provides employment and training services for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to help them toward self-sufficiency.
Resources for Working Families
OTDA promotes a number of work supports that you may qualify for if you are employed and having difficulty making ends meet.
OTDA Common Forms and Applications
Forms and Applications available from OTDA
How to apply for services
Information on how to apply for OTDA supported services