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Community Partner Support Unit

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


  • Serves as a bridge between DHSS divisions and community organizations that serve clients eligible for state benefits including TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families), General Assistance, SNAP (Food Benefits), Child Care support, and Medicaid.
  • Trains partners to help their clients apply for benefits onsite using ASSIST Self Service.

    To apply for (SNAP) food supplement benefits click here

  • Acts as a contact for community partners seeking resources for underserved clients.
  • Collaborates with businesses, community organizations and employment-and-training vendors to help Delawareans get, and keep, self-sustaining jobs.
  • Supports state and local governments in Delaware in their efforts to stabilize economically depressed neighborhoods, prevent youth violence, and improve quality of life.
  • Partners with the Wilmington Police to help residents of West Center City access needed services, including job training and employment, through on-site interviews at the Porter State Service Center.
  • Places social workers in community hubs such as libraries and community centers.
  • Supports programs to help ex-offenders succeed as they re-enter the community.

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In The News:

March 2019: In thisTV interview Division of Social Services Director Ray Fitzgerald explains how the federal government shutdown affected the state’s distribution of food benefits.

April 2018: A Beacon of Light: Profile of the Porter State Service Center

March 2018: Social Workers embed in New Castle County parole, probation office.

February 2018: In this TV Interview, DSS Director Ray Fitzgerald explains the thinking behind sending social workers to Delaware Libraries and how today's economy is reflected in the demand for services.

January 2018: Social workers offer critical help about benefits at seven state libraries.

Social Workers at the Library:

A partnership between the Division of Social Services and the Delaware Division of Libraries.

Find out when and where social workers are available.

Contact Us:

  • New Castle County: Claymont Community Center, 3301 Green St., Claymont 19703. (302) 792-0900 Porter State Service Center, 509 W. 8th St., Wilmington 19801, (302)777-2850
  • Kent County: Williams State Service Center, 805 River Road, Dover 19901. (302) 672-1800
  • Sussex County: Milford Annex, 13 SW Front St., Suite 105, Milford 19963. (302) 424-7390
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