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DSS’s City-Wide Grants

DSS’s five city-wide grants account for 93 percent of the agency’s budget and have increased by $273 million since FY 2010 after adjusting for inflation, driven by increased TANF funding, which offset declines in SNAP, SSBG, and HOPWA. See total city-wide funding trends here.

DSS’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)DSS’s SNAP grants (98 percent of NYC’s total SNAP funding) have fallen by $16 million since FY 2010 after adjusting for inflation. SNAP supports, among other program areas, Food Stamp Operations, which provides funding for the administration of federal Food Stamp benefits.

DSS’s Medical Assistance Program (HIICAP): DSS’s HIICAP grants (54 percent of NYC’s total HIICAP funding) have fallen by $11 million since FY 2010 after adjusting for inflation. HIICAP supports, among other functions, Home Energy Assistance, which provides grants to low-income homeowners and renters to assist them in paying energy bills; and Medicaid and Homecare, which is designed to assist elderly or disabled individuals remain at home, rather than be placed in a nursing home.

DSS’s Social Services Block Grant (SSBG): DSS’s SSBG grants (23 percent of NYC’s total SSBG funding) have fallen by $6 million since FY 2010 after adjusting for inflation. SSBG supports, among other functions, DSS’s Adult Protective and Domestic Violence (DV) Services programs for adults with mental or physical impairments who cannot care for themselves, and DV Services to provide temporary housing and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children.

DSS’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA): DSS’s HOPWA grants (60 percent of NYC’s total HOPWA funding) have fallen by $6 million since FY 2010 after adjusting for inflation. HOPWA supports DSS’s HIV and AIDS Services Administration (HASA) programs for clients with emergency and non-emergency housing needs.

DSS’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): DSS’s TANF grants (57 percent of NYC’s total TANF funding) have increased by $311 million since FY 2010 after adjusting for inflation. TANF supports DSS’s food assistance programs, including nutrition education, food stamp outreach, and a distribution of food supplies to the City’s pantry network, and Family Assistance (FA), a program which provides a bi-monthly cash benefit that can be used for food, utilities and housing expenses.