Public Benefits Access

Case Worker

As of May 18th, 2023, we do not currently have a caseworker on staff, but we are checking messages and emails. Please leave a message at 508-696-3844, or email


Dukes County's Public Benefits Access Department aims to support lower-income Dukes County residents to become economically and socially secure and empower them to achieve and maintain stability and well-being.

The Caseworker assists Islanders with applying for public benefits, including:

  • Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) - for wage workers; Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - for self-employed and "gig" economy workers (caterers, entertainers, etc.)
  • Department of Transitional Assistance(DTA) applications for
    • Food Assistance
    •  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • WIC- can be applied through health imperatives 
    • Cash Assistance
      •  EAEDC - Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled, and Children
      •  TAFDC - Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • Winter Heating Fuel Assistance through the Southshore Community Action Council, Inc.
  • Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) Intake Forms for:
    •  RAFT - Residential Assistance for Families in Transition
    •  ERMA - Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance
    •  Private Homeless Prevention Programs and Funding
    •  Workforce Housing Release Fund
  • Island Elderly Housing (IEH) Applications
  • Morgan Woods Affordable Housing Units Applications

Social Security Disability Applications and Social Security Retirement Applications

The Caseworker can help with applications and follow-up to ensure that qualified people can get the necessary benefits. The Caseworker will also help with related programs such as discounts for electric bills, cell phones, and other food and nutrition support. 

You can also receive more information regarding the following services and programs:

These services are provided in partnership with the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod, the Islands, and the South Shore Community Action Council.