Special Grants

The Department of Social Services provides a handful of special grants that you may be eligible for if you already qualify for on-going public benefits (or you may qualify if you are in an emergency situation and you meet certain eligibility criteria). The special grants include help with restaurant allowances; household establishment grants; visitor’s allowance for your kids who don’t live with you; camp fees; pregnancy allowance; enhanced shelter allowance for individuals living with AIDS; replacement of furniture or clothing following a flood, fire or comparable emergency; assistance for people who own their homes; and burial costs when a loved one passes away. For more information click on the hyperlink below.

Camp Fees

Enhanced Shelter Allowance

Household Establishment Grant

PA & Visitor’s Allowance

Pregnancy Allowance

Replacement of Furniture and Clothing

Restaurant Allowance

Storage of Furniture and Personal Belongings


45 Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020

(Tel) 585.343.5450

(Fax) 585.343.5503

Serving Orleans, Genesee
and Wyoming Counties


Administrative Offices
237 Main Street, Ste. 400
Buffalo, NY 14203

(Tel) 716.847.0650
(Fax) 716.847.0227
(TDD) 716.847.1322

Serving Erie County


225 Old Falls Street
3rd Floor
Niagara Falls, NY 14302

(Tel) 716.284.8831
(Fax) 716.284.8040

Serving Niagara County

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