Buffalo Social Services

Edward A. Rath Building Erie County

Phone: (716) 858-8000

The Erie County Rath building in Downtown Buffalo was named after the first Erie County Executive, Edward A. Rath. It has 16 floors. This building is directly across from the Erie County Clerks & Court Building. Upon entry into the Rath building, there is a security check with armed guards and metal detection. This is where Buffalo Social Services is located. The Erie county property tax payment cashier is here too. If paying Erie County property tax in person, this is where to pay.

Rath Building Parking

There are two pay lots and a pay ramp within a block and a half on Pearl Street. Pearl street is the street where the Main Place Mall Entrances are. If one is standing with their back to the the rath building, turn left down Pearl Street.

SNAP (formerly food stamps) Eligibility

What documentation will be required to apply?

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of address, unless an applicant is homeless.
  • Social security number of everyone who is applying. If an applicant does not have a social security number, they will have to apply for one.
  • Proof of the amount of all earned and unearned income before taxes or deductions.
  • Household members.
  • Proof of housing costs.
  • Proof of immigration status for non-citizens.
  • Proof of child support payments.
  • Proof of out-of-pocket medical expenses if 60 or older or proof of federal disability benefits.
  • Proof of child care expenses.
  • If possible, applicants should submit all documentation with their applications.




Child Services

Medicaid Information

Erie County Work Center
158 Pearl Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Hour of Operation: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M
Apply by phone by calling +1 855 355-5777

Department of Social Services
95 Franklin Street, 8th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

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  • Henry
    May 16, 2019 at 4:18 am

    This is where to pay erie county property tax in person. The two girls at the cashiers desk were cute lol

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