Temporary Assistance

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to adequately and efficiently assess, plan for and provide appropriate services to families and individuals in need. The Agency is comprised of several major divisions. Each division has unique job duties, however, all divisions interact with each other in some manner or another. Temporary Assistance is the term now used in NYS for Public Assistance (welfare) programs. This division also handles Emergency Assistance for Adults, Emergency Assistance for Families, Home Energy Assistance Program, and Transitional Opportunities Program. Ulster County residents are eligible for these programs.

Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday
Interviews Available: 8AM to 11AM Monday-Friday.

Emergencies are handled on a daily basis.
Department of Social Services
1021 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-334-5440


Food Stamps Program

Department of Social Services
1051 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401


Hours: New applications accepted 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
Interviews Conducted: Monday & Wednesday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Phone: 845-334-5200


Ulster County Catholic Charities

6 Adams Street, Suite 3
Kingston, NY 12401

Assisting individuals and families with emergency rent, utilities, transportation, and food, supplemental nutrition assistance program, information and referral, case management, immigration services, and affordable health care.

Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday
(845) 340-9170



RUPCO Emergency Assistance Fund
RUPCO receives funding from the United Way of Ulster County and other sources that can be used for security deposits, one month’s rental arrears, or rental assistance. Clients requesting assistance are required to produce documentation of their hardship and show the ability to pay for their housing going forward. DOWNLOAD Click here to download the Emergency Assistance Initial Eligibility Screening Sheet. This application is a fillable PDF which you can complete online; however, you must print it off, sign it, and return by mail or drop off at the office at 289 Fair Street, Kingston.