|Standard of Need Charts
Click here for the current standard of need charts for all 58 social services districts which have been in effect since October 1, 2012. Please note that each district has two charts – one for households with children; one for households without children. The column that says “Total” in the middle of the chart contains the grant for each household size when the household does not incur heating costs separate from rent.
Each row contains the grant component for a different household size, ranging from 1-8. At the bottom of the chart, which is in Excel, are tabs for each county in alphabetical order. Please click on the tab to get the standard of need for the county you want to see.
If the household pays for heat in addition to rent, the standard of need will include a heating/fuel allowance which is based on the type of heat (i.e., oil, gas, electricity). Determine the standard of need from the chart based on type of heat and family size and add in to get the GRAND Total.
Please note that some social services districts provide supplements to the public assistance grant to pay shelter costs for individuals and families facing homelessness. It is important to read all the eligibility criteria of each county’s plan, The most recent plan as of (date) can be found by clicking on the name of the county below:
Clinton –limited to single and childless couples on Safety Net Assistance.
Columbia – limited to single and childless couples on Safety Net Assistance
Greene – limited to single and childless couples on Safety Net Assistance
Jefferson– limited to single and childless couples on Safety Net Assistance
Madison – limited to single and childless couples on Safety Net Assistance
Monroe – limited to TANF and Safety Net Assistance MOE families
Nassau– for single and childless couples on Safety Net Assistance
Nassau– for families with children
New York City – for working homeless families with children
New York City – for homeless families with children and families being reunited with children from foster care
Orange – for families with children under the age of 18
Otsego – limited to single individuals and childless couples who have applied for SSI or Social Security Disability
Rockland – limited to single individuals
Schenectady – limited to 25 single individuals in receipt of Safety Net Assistance who have an SSI application pending, or who present as potentially meeting SSI criteria, are homeless, living in motels, domestic violence shelters, or temporary housing. The maximum duration of the shelter supplement will be twenty-four months.
Suffolk– limited to active Temporary Assistance cases with children under age 18, or children under age 19 and in school full-time, or child only cases, who require the supplement in order to retain permanent housing, relocate to permanent housing from emergency housing or to prevent placement in emergency housing. Sullivan – limited to individuals on Safety Net Assistance
Westchester– for individuals on Safety Net Assistance
Westchester– for families with children
Click Here for a comparison of the standard of need for a family of three to the poverty level for each social services district.
July 1, 2012 Standard of Need Charts
The 2012-2013 New York State budget increased the public assistance grant by 5% effective July 1, 2012. A second increase will go into effect in October. Click here for the public assistance standards of need reflecting the July 1 grant increase. There are two charts for each county – one for households with children, and one for households without children.
To view the 2010 county level standard of need charts, click here.