Social Services

Until further notice, the hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

For those who  are homeless, in need of temporary rental assistance (TRA),  EBT cards for cash assistance and/or food stamps (SNAP), office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. In order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, residents are encouraged to conduct business with the two offices by phone:

As needed, in-person service is also available at both offices:

  • Elizabeth Office: 342 Westminster Avenue
  • Plainfield Office: 200 West Second Street

Any documents on paper may be submitted by drop box, located in the lobbies of both offices.

Contact Information

Division Director Kamili Williams

Elizabeth Location 342 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth 07208
Phone: 908-965-2700 | Fax: 908-965-2752

Plainfield Location 200 West 2nd Street, Plainfield 07063
Phone: 908-791-7000 | Fax: 908-791-7098

Expanded Office Hours for Social Services

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the expansion of business hours for its Division of Social Services (DSS) within the Department of Human Services effective February 1, 2020. The new hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The DSS offices in Elizabeth are located at 342 Westminster Avenue and in Plainfield at 200 West 2nd Street. Learn more.

About the Division of Social Services

The Division of Social Services provides assistance to the needy in Union County by administering a variety of programs including free vaccinations for children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); General Assistance; Food Stamps; Emergency Assistance; Family Care; Nursing Home Care; Medical Assistance; Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD); and, Child Support Services.

Preparing for Your Visit to the Division of Social Services

Need Assistance?

The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in the State of New Jersey.

Find out if you qualify for more than 28 state and federal programs that can help you find housing, employment, child care, health insurance, prescriptions, pay for food and much more.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
     1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.