Welfare Burial Benefits

When a family is faced with the financial responsibilities of burying their loved one and they need financial help, the county Department of Social Services (D.S.S.) may be able to help.  If a person dies with little or no assets or liquid funds, the next of kin may go to the local county D.S.S. office and apply for "county burial benefits".  The amount allowed varies from county to county.  This application has to be done in person and can only be applied for after a person has died.  The application cannot be done before the person dies.  For further information please contact your local D.S.S. office.


Orleans County                  Department of Social Services
14016 Route 31 West
Albion, New York 14411
(585)-589-7000 or (585)-589-3164



Niagara County                      Department of Social Services
20 East Avenue, P.O. Box 506
Lockport, New York 14095
(716)-439-7600



Genesee County                     Department of Social Services
5130 East Main Street, Suite #3
Batavia, New York 14020
(585)-344-2580



Erie County                             Department of Social Services
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716)-858-8000



Monroe County                    Department of Social Services
111 Westfall Road
Rochester, New York 14620
(585)-274-6000