Temporary Assistance (TA), also known as Public Assistance, is temporary help for needy adults and families. TA may provide benefits and support for those who do not have sufficient income to pay for basic needs.

The two primary Temporary Assistance programs are Family Assistance and Safety Net Assistance. These programs provide the same level of assistance to a household but serve different populations and have some different rules.

DSS staff works with individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and independence. This may include assistance with identification and removal of barriers to employment and provision of resources to support employment readiness. Visit the Temporary Assistance webpage for additional information.

Saratoga County TA office phone (518) 884-4144 and Fax (518) 884-4251

Each individual and household’s circumstances are different, and several factors may impact a household’s eligibility for benefits, including household size, housing situation, income level, type of income, resources and other benefits received.

Please note that in addition to the regular TA programs described above, Emergency TA may be available in certain immediate need situations such as:
• Homelessness
• Lack of food
• Facing eviction
• Actual or imminent utility shut-off (72 hour disconnect notice or no fuel for winter heat)
• Actual or threatened domestic violence

Contact the Saratoga County TA office for requirements or questions.
To obtain an application:
• By phone: (518) 884-4144
• In person: Saratoga County DSS 152 West High Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020
• Online: NYS myBenefits

To submit an application:
• By fax (518) 884-4251
• In person
• By mail to: Saratoga County DSS 152 West High Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020

You can complete an application online and bring it to your appointment. If you would like to view or complete an application before coming to our office, please visit NYS OTDA.

Applicants can mail, fax, or download through NYDocSubmit. NYDocSubmit is an app for mobile devices and is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Saratoga County TA office phone (518) 884-4144 and Fax (518) 884-4251.
Hours: Monday through Friday 8am-4pm.

For more information, please see this NYS OTDA fact sheet.