The Department of Social Services (DSS) is comprised of the administrative units of the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Through integrated management for HRA and DHS, client services can be provided more seamlessly and effectively. The City leverages shared services functions across agencies, which results in better day-to-day management and building an integrated mission across agencies.
Molly Wasow Park was appointed by Mayor Eric Adams as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services (DSS), which oversees both the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and Department of Homeless Services (DHS), in April of 2023.
Before this appointment, she had been serving as the DHS First Deputy Commissioner since September 2019. In that position, Molly oversaw rehousing, capacity development, and agency planning and operations. In addition, Molly has played a key role in shaping agency response to emergencies, including COVID-19 and the 2022 influx of asylum seekers.
Prior to joining DHS Molly spent three years as the Deputy Commissioner for Development at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), where she had primary responsibility for the housing production goals of the Housing New York Plan and related pre-development work.
Molly briefly left City government in 2014 to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of Settlement Housing Fund, where she expanded her affordable housing expertise by overseeing Settlement's development activity, as well as coordinating all operational needs of a growing not-for-profit organization. From 2010 to 2014, Molly served as HPD's Deputy Commissioner of Budget, Fiscal, and Performance Management, including oversight of one of the nation’s largest Section 8 programs. A graduate of Amherst College, Molly holds a Master's in Public Policy from the university of California - Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.