DSS: Field Offices

Field Offices

Applicants and clients have the option of contacting the Department of Social Services online, by phone, or in-person.

It’s helpful to know that applications for many DSS services can be sent by mail (How to Apply).

For a quick and handy eligibility pre-screening tool for DSS services, please visit www.connect.ct.gov.

We encourage DSS clients who have online access to open a client benefits account (MyAccount) at www.connect.ct.gov.

In addition, new phone access is available through the DSS Client Information Line and Benefits Center at 1-855-6-CONNECT.  Please click here for more information about this service.

DSS field offices are also available for service assistance.  Office hours are Monday though Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Please see below for more information.

For information on accessing Department of Social Services programs in your area, please follow the links below to your field office.


Department of Social Services Field Offices
 Bridgeport  Danbury  Greater Hartford
 Manchester  Middletown  New Britain
 New Haven  Norwich  Stamford
 Torrington  Waterbury  Willimantic

DSS Stamford Office Re-Opening Monday, August 8, 2016


[updated August 5, 2016]


The Department of Social Services is re-opening its Stamford field office at 1642 Bedford Avenue on Monday, August 8, after extensive repairs and remediation of major water damage that closed the office for the past four months.


DSS staff will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist clients and applicants.  The agency administers services for children, families, individuals with disabilities and older adults, including health care coverage, food and nutrition assistance, child support, temporary family assistance and state-administered general assistance.


“We thank our customers and community partners for their patience and cooperation over the past several months as we worked with the building owner to return the office to a clean and safe environment,” said DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.


When after-hours water damage closed the building in early April, Stamford DSS staff were re-deployed to the agency’s Bridgeport and New Haven field offices.  During that time, Stamford-area clients could continue to access the agency online at www.connect.ct.gov to check on service eligibility, report changes, and apply or renew benefits; visit another DSS office; or contact the DSS Client Information Line and Benefits Center at 1-855-6-CONNECT.
These service options are always available to residents statewide, and full information about DSS programs is available at www.ct.gov/dss.




For general information, please contact

55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Information and Referral: 1-800-842-1508 (recorded information) 
Toll-free TDD/TTY line: 1-800-842-4524

New!  Check out ‘Am I Eligible?’ – DSS service pre-screening tool for Connecticut residents – www.connect.ct.gov

New!  ‘MyAccount’ – DSS clients can activate an online benefit account for 24/7 information and access – www.connect.ct.gov

Phone access:

DSS Client Information Line & Benefits Center:

1. Call 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632)
(TTD/TTY 1-800-842-4524 for persons with speech or hearing difficulties)
2. Follow the prompts to get the information you need
Our automated ‘interactive voice response’ telephone system will help DSS clients get the information you need without waiting to speak to an eligibility worker. You will also have the option of speaking to a worker, if you choose, during business hours.
Please use this, toll-free service instead of the local DSS numbers you have been using. This Client Information Line service is available 24/7. You can also connect directly to a worker in our Benefits Center by following the phone menu prompts, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Benefits Center is staffed with workers dedicated to answering your questions, processing change requests and providing you with information about other resources.
Online access to check benefits and report changes: www.connect.ct.gov
Online applications: www.ct.gov/dss/apply  
DSS Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Additional online resources:

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