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Welcome to the Onondaga County
Department of Social Services – Economic Security (DSS-ES)


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Social Services-Economic Security is to accurately and efficiently administer support and services to county residents in a respectful manner where each person is treated fairly. Our staff is responsible for following state and federal guidelines for delivering appropriate assistance. The delivery of services will be conducted in a safe and supportive environment for members of our staff and the public. Our goal is to help people achieve their highest level of independence by providing quality service in a timely, efficient and dignified manner.


A Message from the Commissioner...
Welcome to the Department of Social Services – Economic Security (DSS-ES). The Department of Social Services - Economic Security (DSS-ES) provides public benefit programs for citizens of our county. Over 70,000 members of our community will receive some benefit through DSS-ES this year.

The website contains information on the various benefits we offer, including information on eligibility criteria, benefit levels, and how to apply.

We hope this is helpful to you.

Sarah G. Merrick, Commissioner

Commissioner's Office
John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 12th Floor
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

(315) 435-2985

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