Sussex County DE Social Services

Find Sussex County, Delaware departments of social services, DSS, DPSS, and human services. Departments of social services provide information on food stamps, public assistance, welfare, housing, healthcare, emergency assistance, and child services.


Delaware State Social Service Department 350 Virginia Avenue Seaford DE 19973 302-628-2011


Delaware State Social Service Department 546 South Bedford Street Georgetown DE 19947 302-856-5379

Delaware State Social Service Department 546 South Bedford Street Georgetown DE 19947 302-856-5340

Delaware State Social Service Department 34314 Pyle Center Road Frankford DE 19945 302-732-9504

Delaware State Social Service Department 13 Front Street Milford DE 19963 302-424-7250

Delaware State Social Service Department 31039 North Poplar Street Laurel DE 19956 302-875-2289

About Sussex County Social Services

Social Services are Delaware State, Sussex County and local government agencies responsible for providing a wide range of health and human services and programs in Sussex County, DE. The range and types of programs may vary significantly from one jurisdiction to the next, but Social Services in Sussex County tends to emphasize safety net programs, the provision of basic necessities, and the protection of children, elderly, and dependent or vulnerable adults.

You may contact Social Services for questions about:
  • Sussex County Social Services programs
  • Government benefits and welfare
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Food stamps and EBT cards
  • Sussex County Medicare and Medicaid
Sussex County SNAP Program & TANF Benefits

Sussex County Social Services Departments administer assistance programs, including those that are funded by Federal resources. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance (Sussex County food stamps and EBT cards), while Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides general assistance for eligible low-income households in Sussex County. The Delaware State and Sussex County governments operate additional benefits programs that are geared toward helping low income households pay for basic necessities. Sussex County Social Services Departments employ caseworkers to conduct intake, determine eligibility, approve benefits, and ensure compliance with these and other programs.

Medicare and Medicaid in Sussex County, DE

Departments of Social Services may also administer Federal government health programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Delaware health programs that provide coverage to low-income uninsured or underinsured groups that are not eligible for Federal health coverage. Health programs for otherwise uninsured children and women are common in Sussex County.

Health and Human Services

In Sussex County and at the local level, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) often works with Sussex County community human service providers to ensure the needs of individuals and families are met. Sussex County referral services may cover preventive health care, housing, substance abuse and addiction services, home energy assistance programs, mental health services, and supportive services for people with disabilities. Local providers of basic necessities such as food pantries, temporary and homeless shelters, and child care are usually accessible through Sussex County Social Services Departments.

Sussex County Human Services

Sussex County State Social Services Offices typically administer social and human service programs by contract with Sussex County, local government, or community providers. In Delaware the Social Services Department may also be responsible for coordinating and regulating the foster care system and adoptions processes. They may also investigate and support Sussex County law enforcement in cases of child welfare or abuses and neglect of the elderly, as well as assisting child support enforcement.