Higher income levels eligible for Child Care Assistance! Starting August 1 2022, households with incomes up to 300% of the State Income Standard are eligible for the child care subsidy program. For example, a family of 2 with a household income of $54,930 and a family of 4 with household income up to $83,250 can apply for child care assistance. Applications can be submitted through the local Nassau or Suffolk Department of Social Services or by mail.
NSLS’ Public Benefits Unit provides legal assistance to persons who experience problems with public benefits programs which are administered by the local Departments of Social Services, including:
Welfare (TANF and Safety Net)
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Child Care Assistance
Emergency shelter for the homeless
Unemployment insurance appeals and overpayments
Other emergency assistance programs
We also assist low-income households in establishing Supplemental Needs Trusts to eliminate the Medicaid spend-down and assist homeless families to obtain rent supplements from DSS to enable families to leave the shelters or retain permanent housing. Suffolk residents west of 112 can call 631-232-2400 and east of 112 can call 631-369-1112. Nassau residents can call 516-292-8100.
All of our offices are now open to the public and accepting walk-ins.