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Temporary Assistance

Temporary Assistance Reception: (845) 334-5440

If you are in immediate need for Housing, go to Ulster County Department of Social Services (1021 Development Court) as soon as possible to permit time for placement.  In the event the call is received at or near 5 p.m., the client should be directed to contact Family of Woodstock at (845) 679-2485 for an after-hours placement.

To find out if you are eligible to receive Temporary Assistance, including help with an emergency, you need to file an application with your county Department of Social Services.  You can apply online at or fill out the application form and file it at 1021 Development Court, Kingston, NY. You should identify any emergency needs you may have at this time. If you have an emergency, you will be interviewed and told in writing about the decision on your emergency the same day you apply.  For Temporary Assistance, your interview should be within seven working days of your filing an application. You should be told within 30 days of the date you filed your application if your application for Family Assistance is approved or denied, or be told within 45 days of the date you filed your application for Safety Net Assistance if your application is approved or denied.

For more information about this and other County programs, contact the Ulster County Service Center (845) 443-8888 or

Updated 9/13/2022 12:55 PM