COVID-19: Tioga County Department of Social Services Is Fully Operational


Tioga County Legislature Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey has reported the Department of Social Services is fully operational, but with restricted public access at the Health and Human Services building. Staff is available on a rotational basis with some staff able to work from home, especially in the Children’s Services division due to remote capabilities.

The application kiosk, which is available in the vestibule of the HHS Building, allows residents to obtain paper applications for assistance and then submit them at the drop box located outside the building. If you have internet access, you can do the same application process electronically at

At this time, we continue to be able to process applications in a timely fashion and expedited SNAP (Food Stamps) applications are generally processed within one to two working days.

Our Services caseworkers continue to be in the field conducting mandated Child Protective and Adult Protective home visits. The State has made many regulatory adjustments to home visit requirements but there are some that still must be conducted in order to keep vulnerable citizens protected, especially our children.

Court activities continue through virtual options. You can reach the Department of Social Services at 607-687-8300. The State Central Registry (Child Abuse Hotline) number is 1-800-342-3720.