County Executive Bellone Reminds The Public Help Is Available This Winter
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 5:16PM


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced available housing and heating assistance for residents through the county during the cold weather months.  The Suffolk County Department of Social Services Safe Beds Program is operational and will provide emergency shelter to those in need during inclement weather, which is defined when the air temperature is at or below 32°F, including wind chill.

“As winter approaches, the county will provide available heat and shelter for those seeking to escape the frigid conditions.” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “We encourage anyone who is in need of temporary housing, emergency fuel or other assistance to contact the Suffolk County Department of Social Services immediately.”

Dennis Nowak, Acting Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services said: “The Department of Social Services stands ready to assist Suffolk County residents that require our services during severe cold weather.”

Housing Assistance:


Temporary housing assistance is available for those who wish to apply in-person at Suffolk County service centers located in Deer Park, Coram, Hauppauge and Riverhead. Specific addresses and information on these centers can be found below and at Outside of normal business hours please contact emergency services at 631-854-9100.

Service Center Locations

South West Center

2 South 2nd Street

Deer Park

(631) 854-6600

Smithtown Center

200 Wireless Blvd.


(631) 853-8714

Coram Center

80 Middle Country Road


(631) 854-2300

Riverhead Center

893 East Main Street


(631) 852-3500

MacArthur Center         

3455 Veterans Memorial Highway

Ronkonkoma, New York 11779



Residents who receive Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits and are in need of fuel or emergency burner repair are advised to contact the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Home Energy Assistance Program immediately at 631-853-8820. If assistance is needed on weekdays after 4:30 p.m., weekends or holidays, residents can call the Department of Social Services Emergency Services Unit at 631-854-9100.

For Renters


Between October 1st and May 31st, when outside temperatures drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, internal dwelling temperatures must be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit, day and night. Each dwelling is required by law to have heating facilities that are properly installed, and maintained in safe and good working conditions, and are capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms and water closet compartments. Residents whose landlords are not in compliance with this requirement are advised to call the Suffolk County Department of Health Temporary Residence Unit at 631-852-5900. Temporary interruptions necessary while performing repairs or alterations are permissible.

The County Executive additionally provided the following winter weather tips for homeowners and residents to stay safe: 

For more information on the County’s winter weather protocols and snow removal preparations or for more winter weather safety tips, log on to or


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