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COVID-19

Regular and Emergency HEAP has been extended to June 30, 2020

Cooling Assistance benefit opened May 1, 2020
If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool. Click here for more information https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/
 

COVID-19 Emergency Allotment to ACTIVE SNAP Households - Click Here for Important Information

Key Information for the Public in need of or in receipt of Public Benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic:

NOTICE TO ALL RECIPIENTS OF
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or
Temporary Assistance Cash Benefits (TA) 

Update May 4, 2020: Certification Periods Extended

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is automatically extending certain TA/MA/SNAP and SNAP only recertifications scheduled to expire in March, April, and May for a period of six (6) months (see below).

March Recertifications: Only cases whose certification periods were scheduled to end in March 2020, that were NOT processed for recertification by the local district, have been extended. If your recertification was processed and the district determined your case to be no longer eligible for SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP benefits due to excess income, failure to provide required documentation or another reason, your household was not eligible for an extension. Those cases eligible for the extension will automatically be authorized for six (6) additional months of SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP benefits, allowing time for a recertification determination to be made. 

If your case was scheduled to recertify by March 31, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by September 30, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by April 30, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by October 31, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by May 31, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by November 30, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

Temporary Assistance / Emergency Assistance / SNAP / HEAP / DAYCARE
People are asked to call the Agency PRIOR to visiting.  For your safety and the safety of our employees do not come to the Department if you do not have an emergency. For emergency’s Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

New Applicants may call (315) 785-3229 for more information.

Current Recipients may call (315) 779-5923 for questions related to an already active case.

To apply for SNAP or HEAP you can do so online at www.mybenefits.com 

To apply for SNAP, Temporary Assistance or HEAP, you can also go to  https://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications and print off an application. 

You can submit the application and/or supporting documentation by:

  • Fax: at 315-785-3346
  • Mail: Jefferson Department of Social Services, 250 Arsenal St, Watertown, NY 13601
  • Drop box: in the parking lot (make sure to include your name and your worker’s name if you have one.)
  • Mobile Document UploadNYDocSubmit 

Paperwork (NO APPLICATIONS) may be submitted to us by email at:

JEFFERSON COUNTY EMERGENCY CHILD CARE SUBSIDY POLICY CHANGES FOR FAMILIES AND PROVIDERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19   

INCOME GUIDELINES TEMPORARILY INCREASED (ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL) 
This income standard increase applies to employees considered “essential personnel” only. The income guidelines used to determine if a family is income-eligible for the subsidy program has been temporarily increased from 200% of the Federal Poverty Level up to 85% of the State Median Income.  Verification of essential employee status required. 

INFORMATION FOR PROVIDER SITES – CLICK ON Link

FAMILY SHARE WAIVED FOR THOSE IMPACTED
The Family Share (a parent/caretaker’s contribution toward the cost of care) is now waived for those families who have been impacted by COVID-19.  Verification of essential employee status required.

TEMPORARY CHILD CARE SUBSIDY ABSENCE PAYMENT POLICY
Jefferson County DSS will make subsidy payments to the following eligible providers that remained operating during the pandemic period on behalf of a child who is temporarily absent from childcare due to extenuating circumstances resulting from the child or parent being quarantined because of COVID-19. The maximum total number of paid absences will be 30 days and only for those slots that were NOT filled with another child(ren).  Payment of absences will apply to the following program types: Day Care Center, Group Family Day Care, Family Day Care, and School Age Child Care. Providers should clearly note, in CCTA or on attendance sheets, the days the child was scheduled to be in care but was not due to circumstances directly related to COVID-19.  This includes families that are self-quarantined to slow the spread or no longer working because the employer has temporarily closed due to Covid-19.  

Medicaid
Based on the federal legislation signed into law on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, no person who currently has Medicaid coverage will lose their coverage during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you get a notice telling you that your Medicaid is discontinued after March 18, 2020, your coverage will be reinstated so there is no gap in coverage.  If you have any questions, please contact 315-779-5923.

Evictions
Please be advised that effective Monday, March 16, all eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders shall be suspended statewide until further notice.  Please see this link for more information: https://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/Updated-Protocol-AttachmentA3.pdf

Utility and Water Shutoffs
The New York State Department of Public Service is working with the State’s major electric, gas, and water utilities in order to suspend service shutoffs to households during this emergency.  Please see this link for more information:  http://www3.dps.ny.gov/pscweb/WebFileRoom.nsf/ArticlesByCategory/3F74F913F5E331B28525852A006FB646/$File/pr20023.pdf?OpenElement