People who are legally married to each other are required to support each other, when necessary. You may be able to get spousal support or maintenance, even if you are working, if you really need it and your spouse or ex-spouse can afford it.
If you receive public assistance in the form of cash, you give up your right to receive spousal support or maintenance directly from your spouse or ex-spouse to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in New York City. The Department of Social Services (DSS) used to be the agency that collected spousal support and maintenance, so you may hear people still refer to DSS. In the rest of the state, the agency that collects spousal support and maintenance is the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).