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The ASSIST self-service application portal has been updated and users are now able to upload required verification documents and select their preferred language of English or Spanish for notices and letters.

These new features are available by logging onto My ASSIST Account on the ASSIST homepage and when applying for and renewing benefits through ASSIST.

El portal de solicitud de autoservicio ASSIST ha sido actualizado y usuarios ahora pueden subir documentos requeridos de verificacion y escoger su lenguaje preferido de ingles o espanol para las notificaciones y cartas.

Estas opciones nuevas están disponibles al entrar a Mi cuenta ASSIST en la pagina web de ASSIST y cuando solicitando y renovando beneficios a traves de ASSIST.


Attention:

Claymont State Service Center will be temporarily closed. All calls will be temporarily redirected to another building and most staff will be relocated to the Northeast State Service Center. Most inquiries can be handled by calling the DSS Customer Relations Unit or accessing online services through ASSIST.

Please call 1-866-843-7212 so we may serve you by phone. To access our Online ASSIST Portal, please click the ASSIST Icon below.

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COVID-19

COVID-19

Click here to learn more about what Delaware's Division of Social Services is doing in response to COVID-19.

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FreshEBT

Check your SNAP/Food Benefit EBT balance and purchase history on your smartphone with the FREE PROVIDERS app.

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What's New


CHILD TAX CREDIT AND UPCOMING DEADLINE

Families of over 60 million children are already receiving the Child Tax Credit - $3,600 annually for children under 6 and $3,000 for kids between 6 and 17 - but families who haven't signed up and earn too little to have to file taxes are missing out. These families must sign up by November 15, 2021 to get payments this year.

Between now and November 15, families can go to GetCTC.org, an easy to use tool to sign-up for the Child Tax Credit for families who aren't required to file taxes. This tool, created by Code for America, in collabortaion with the White House and Treasury, is in English and Spanish and is mobile friendly, and most families can complete it within about 15 minutes.

DELAWARE'S P-EBT PROGRAM - SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022

Delaware is developing a P-EBT plan for school year 2021-2022 that would allow children who meet specific eligibiltiy requirements to receive meal benefits for days missed from school or for remote learning days due to COVID-19. More information will be posted to Delaware's P-EBT website once Delaware's P-EBT plan is federally approved.

NOVEMBER EMERGENCY BENEFITS

The Division of Social Services will issue November Emergency Benefits on Tuesday, November 23 to eligible households receiving Food Benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needing Families (TANF), and General Assistance. Click here for more information.

YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL PANDEMIC RELIEF FUNDS

Youth or young adults under the age of 27 who spent time in foster care after the age of 14 may be eligible for pandemic relief funds to get financial support with rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, car loans, groceries, or other basic needs. Click here to learn more or email questions to DSCYF_PandemicRelief@delaware.gov

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SNAP Online Purchasing Program

Households can use their Delaware EBT cards to shop and pay for eligible food items online at participating Aldi, Food Lion, Giant, Shoprite, and Walmart stores and at Amazon. Click here to learn more about purchasing groceries online with your SNAP food benefits or P-EBT benefits.

Change to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's 2019 Public Charge Rule

As of March 9, 2021, the 2019 Public Charge Rule is no longer valid nationwide. This means that non-citizens applying for lawful permanent resident status or admission into the U.S. will no longer be penalized for receiving food benefits, Medicaid, or public housing. Receipt of these benefits does not affect an individual's immigration status and does not affect a non-citizen's ability to become a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.

To check your eligibility and apply for health and social service programs, go to the ASSIST self-service application portal.

Cambio a la Regla de Carga Publica de 2019 del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de EE. UU.

A partir del 9 de marzo de 2021, la Regla de Carga Publica de 2019 no sera valida en todo el pais. Esto significa que individuos que no son ciudadanos y que solicitan el estatus de residente permanente legal o la admision a los EE. UU. ya no seran penalizados por recibir beneficios de alimentos, medicos o vivienda publica. La recepcion de estos beneficios no afecta el estado migratorio de un individuo ni su capacidad de convertirse en residente permanente legal o ciudadano estadounidense. Haga clic aqui para mas informacion.

Para verificar su elegibilidad y solicitar programas de servicios sociales y de salud, vaya al portal de solicitud de autoservicio ASSIST.

DELAWARE EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE STABILIZATION FUND

On April 9, 2021, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Department of Education announced that the Delaware Early Education and Child Care Stabilization Fund will provide direct grants to support eligible child care providers across Delaware. Click here for more information.

To learn more about the application process, click here.


Assistance Services

Food Supplement Program

Food Supplement Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a food supplemental program that enables low-income families to buy food that is the basis for better nutrition.

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General Assistance

General Assistance

A state-funded program designed to provide cash assistance to low-income people who do not qualify for federally funded programs, such as TANF or Social Security benefits.

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Temporary Assistance

Temporary Assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is Delaware's main cash assistance program. The goal of TANF is to give people temporary help until they get a job.

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Child Care

Child Care

This service provides support for families with children to enable the caretaker to hold a job, obtain training or meet special needs of the parent or child.


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Refugee Cash Assistance

Refugee Cash Assistance

National voluntary agencies (volags) place refugees with local sponsors throughout the United States inlcuding the State of Delaware.

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Medicaid

Medicaid

The Division of Social Services provides six main types of medical assistance services. Learn what they are and if you qualify for help.


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Health Insurance

Health Insurance Marketplace

Learn how Delaware is working to make health care better. Get a chance to discuss with experts the things that matter most to you.


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Applications

Applications

Determine if your household is potentially eligible for Delaware's Social Service Programs and download an application today.


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Community Partner Support Unit

Community Partner Support Unit

Community Partner Support Unit (CPSU) helps increase access to services by providing ongoing, personalized support for organizations that serve those in need.


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Preventing Medicare Fraud


SMP

Empowering seniors to prevent healthcare fraud.






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Delaware's P-EBT Program


P-EBT

Delaware's P-EBT Program provides food assistance to families with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals when Delaware schools closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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