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NYC Free Tax Prep

 
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HOW IT WORKS
If you earn $68,000 or less in 2020, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file online or in person. To learn more, visit: nyc.gov/taxprep
 
ELIGIBILITY
— Single filers with incomes up to $48,000.
— Filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.
 
SERVICES
Virtual Tax Preparation
— Online tax prep service where an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteer preparer will:
— Help you file your 2020 tax return during a 60-90 min virtual call;
— Use a secure digital system to manage your tax documents;
— Answer your tax questions.
 
Self-Prep with Help
— You can do your own taxes with easy-to-use tax filing software, but contact a volunteer preparer for help when needed.
 
Drop-Off Service
— Locations are limited this year due to COVID-19, so filers with internet access are encouraged to consider online service options.
— At an NYC Free Tax Prep site for drop-off service, you can drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later. Filers must follow NY State health guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing appropriately during the visit.
 
In-Person Tax Prep
— Locations are limited this year due to COVID-19, so filers with internet access are encouraged to consider online service options.
— At an NYC Free Tax Prep site for in-person tax prep, knowledgeable IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers will sit down with you to complete an accurate tax return. — Sessions take a minimum of 30 minutes. Filers must follow NY State Health guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing appropriately during the visit.
 
HOW TO USE IT
VITA/TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other locations. To locate the nearest VITA/TCE site near you use the VITA Locator Tool: irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep or call 800-906-9887.
— Call 718-509-9958 to schedule an appointment. Hours of operation and languages offered vary depending on the VITA location site.
— Hours of Operation: (vary depending on VITA location site)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11AM – 8PM
Tuesday, Friday: 11AM-6PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
 
Languages: English, Spanish, possibly other languages depending on VITA location site.
 
Last updated 3/3/2021
 


COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act

 
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Contact the City’s Tenant Helpline by calling 311 and say “Tenant Helpline”
 
Under a State law called the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act you can prevent yourself from eviction in New York City.
 
If you have experienced financial hardship or face significant health risk because of COVID-19, you cannot be evicted until at least May 1, 2021.
 
You must deliver your landlord, the local eviction court, or both a “Tenant’s Declaration of Hardship During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to protect yourself from eviction. To deliver this declaration online to the interested parties fill out this form by Housing Justice for All. A copy of the form will be sent to you as well.
 
For emergency cash assistance or to apply to the COVID-19 relief program, call 311 to get more information or visit the Major’s Office to Protect Tenants website.


 

Benefits for Long-Term Disabilities

 
Benefits for Long-Term Disabilities
1-800-772-1213 (Social Security Disability Insurance)
1-800-722-1213 (Social Security Income)

 
The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance of New York State has two long-term disability benefits programs.
 
Social Security Disability Insurance
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a Federal disability income program for adults who have worked and now find themselves unable to work due to a disability.
 
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program for adults and children who meet the definition of disabled and have limited income and resources. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
 
Eligibility
The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.
“Disability” under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
–You cannot do work that you did before;
–The OTDA office decides that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s) and
–Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
 
Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
 
Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance
Online
By phone: Call SSA at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In person: Visit your local Social Security office. (Call first to make an appointment.)
 
Apply for Social Security Income
There is no online SSI Application. Schedule an appointment with a local Social Security office to file an application. Call 1-800-722-1213 (TYY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm.


Temporary Disability Benefits for Workers (short-term disability)

 
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(877) 632-4996
 
According to the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board. Disability benefits are temporary cash benefits paid to an eligible wage earner when he/she is disabled by an off-the-job injury or illness. Pregnancy is covered under short-term disability. The benefit is paid by your employer’s disability insurance. This type of insurance is mandatory for most employers in New York State. Find out if your employer is covered.
 
Eligibility
In order to be eligible for short-term disability benefits, you must have become injured or ill while not at work but must be employed, or recently employed, at the time of illness or injury. Benefit rights begin on the eighth consecutive day of disability and last for a maximum of 26 weeks of disability during 52 consecutive weeks (Benefit checks are processed every two weeks). For employed workers, there is a 7-day waiting period for which no benefits are paid.
 
Cash Benefit
The amount of cash to be received via check equals 50% of the worker’s weekly wage and no more than $170 per week. Benefit checks are processed every two weeks up to 26 consecutive times (52 weeks will be covered in total).
 
When and How to Make a Claim
You must file your claim within 30 days of becoming disabled. Complete the Workers Compensation Board’s form Employee Claim (C-3) as soon as possible to ensure your benefits are not delayed or interrupted. You must also notify your employer in writing of when, where, and how you were injured or became ill. Find more information here.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Definitions are important to know. Check this website with answers to FAQs. The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board can be contacted regarding short-term disability insurance for employees at (877) 632-4996.
 
Other Disability Benefits
For long-term disabilities (a year disability), two federal programs exist. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a Federal disability income program for adults who have worked and now find themselves unable to work due to a disability. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal program for adults and children who meet the definition of disabled and have limited income and resources. The SSI is designed to help aged, blind, and severely disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. The benefits are paid by the state.
 

Según la Junta de Compensación para Trabajadores del Estado de Nueva York, los Beneficios por Discapacidad son beneficios temporales en efectivo pagados a una persona asalariada que se encuentra discapacitada por una lesión o enfermedad que ocurrió fuera del trabajo. El embarazo cuenta también una discapacidad de corto plazo. El beneficio es pagado por seguro de discapacidad de los empleadores. Este tipo de seguro es obligatorio para la mayoría de los empleadores en el estado de Nueva York. Descubre si tu empleador está cubierto por esta obligatoriedad.
 
Elegibilidad
Para ser elegible para los beneficios por discapacidad a corto plazo, debes haberte lesionado o enfermardo mientras no estuvieras en el trabajo, pero debes estar empleado o haber sido empleado recientemente en el momento de la enfermedad o lesión. Los derechos a los beneficios comienzan en el octavo día consecutivo de discapacidad y duran un máximo de 26 semanas de discapacidad durante 52 semanas consecutivas (los cheques de beneficios se procesan cada dos semanas). Para los trabajadores empleados, existe un período de espera de 7 días durante el cual no se pagan beneficios.
 
Beneficio en efectivo
La cantidad de efectivo que se recibirá mediante cheque equivale al 50% del salario semanal del trabajador y no más de $ 170 por semana. Los cheques de beneficios se procesan cada dos semanas hasta 26 veces consecutivas (se cubrirán 52 semanas en total).
 
Cuándo y Cómo presentar una Reclamación
Debe presentar su reclamación dentro de los 30 días posteriores a la discapacidad. Complete el formulario de la Junta de Compensación para TrabajadoresReclamación del empleado (C-3) tan pronto como sea posible para garantizar que sus beneficios no se retrasen ni se interrumpan. También debe notificar a su empleador por escrito cuándo, dónde y cómo se lesionó o enfermó. Encuentre más información aquí.
 
Preguntas Frecuentes
Es importante conocer las definiciones. Consulte este sitio web con respuestas a preguntas frecuentes. Se puede contactar a la Junta de Compensación para Trabajadores del Estado de Nueva York con respecto al seguro por discapacidad a corto plazo para empleados al (877) 632-4996.
 
Otros Beneficios por Discapacidad
Para discapacidades a largo plazo (discapacidad de un año), existen dos programas federales. El Seguro de Discapacidad del Seguro Social (SSDI) y la Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI). El Seguro de Discapacidad del Seguro Social (SSDI) es un programa federal de ingresos por discapacidad para adultos que han trabajado y ahora no pueden trabajar debido a una discapacidad. La Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI) es un programa federal para adultos y niños que cumplen con la definición de discapacitados y tienen ingresos y recursos limitados. El SSI está diseñado para ayudar a las personas ancianas, ciegas y con discapacidades graves, que tienen pocos o ningún ingreso; y proporciona dinero en efectivo para satisfacer las necesidades básicas de alimentos, ropa y vivienda. Los beneficios los paga el estado.

 


Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Rent Freeze Program

 
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Tenants that qualify for the NYC Rent Freeze Program for Tenants with Disabilities (DRIE) can have their rent frozen and be exempt from future rent increases. This does not lower your rent but only keeps it from increasing.
 
To be eligible for DRIE, you must meet the following requirements
► You must be at least 18 years old.
You must receive one of the following:
► Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
► Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
► Disability-related Medicaid (if you have received either SSI or SSDI in the past)
► Veterans Affairs Disability Pension
► Veterans Affairs Compensation
► United States Postal Service (USPS) Disability Pension
► United States Postal Service (USPS) Disability Compensation
► You must live in an eligible apartment type.
► You must be named on the lease or the rent order or have been granted succession rights to the apartment.
 
Also
► The apartment must be your primary residence, meaning you live there for most of the year.
► You must spend more than one-third of your monthly household income on rent.
► The total combined income for all members of your household must be $50,000 or less in the prior calendar year (DRIE records all income sources, taxable, and non-taxable. You can’t deduct your medical expenses and Medicare premium).
More information on eligibility at Disability Rent Increase Exemption.
 
Application
Complete the DRIE Initial Application. You can submit your application online by signing up with the Department of Finance or by sending it to New York City Department of Finance Rent Freeze Program – DRIE P.O. Box 3179 Union, NJ 07083
 
More information about the application at Disability Rent Increase Exemption.


Disaster Relief & Recovery

 
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Federally Declared Disasters Areas
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (800) 621-3362 | TTY: (800) 462-7585 | 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS): (800) 621-3362
American Red Cross Greater NYC (877) 733-2767
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (888) 209-8124
 
A disaster is an occurrence disrupting the normal conditions of existence and causing a level of suffering that exceeds the capacity of adjustment of the affected community. Some examples are nor’easters, severe storms with flooding, and power outages.
 
Learn how to prepare and what resources are at your disposal.
 
Find the Nearest Hospital
Find the nearest hospitals in your area and view what services each provides with the US Hospital Finder.
 
Find a Safe Place to Go
Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to talk with someone in person for guidance or information. To find a center near you, use the DRC Locator or text DRC and your ZIP code to 43362. Example: DRC 10029.
 
Disaster Relief Resources and Temporary Sheltering Assistance
► You can apply online or with the FEMA App to manage your disaster application. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is required.
► If you are eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance, FEMA will pay the cost to stay in certain lodging providers for a limited period. Costs covered are for the cost of the room and taxes, and any other expenses are not included. Search the list of participating locations to see if they have availability in the area you have selected.
► Find open shelters with the American Red Cross Greater NYC
 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
DUA is a federal program that provides payments to people in a federally declared disaster area who have lost work or income as a direct result of the disaster. You must first file for regular Unemployment Insurance by calling the NYS Department of Labor at 888-209-8124.
 
Help with Expenses After a Disaster
You can apply to the NYC Human Resources Administration for a one-time emergency grant, also called the “One Shot Deal.” Call (718) 557-1399 for more information.
 
Coping with Stress Related to Disasters
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene helps New Yorkers. Contact NYC Well at 888-692-9355 for counseling and resources.
 
Information Resources
Preparedness Actions Education
NYC Emergency Management Office 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115)
Notify NYC App
Know Your Zone (Hurricanes)


Discounted Telephone Service by Lifeline Assistance

 
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Telephone Carrier Program
 
New York State Lifeline Discounted Telephone Service is an assistance program offered by many telephone providers, including some wireless and cable companies, to help income-eligible consumers save money on their phone bills.
 
Services
Qualifying consumers can apply to “Lifeline” to receive a monthly discount on either their landline telephone service or their wireless service.
 
Eligibility
In New York State, consumers can qualify for the “Lifeline Program” based on the following eligibility criteria:
Income-Based: Your income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Government Assistance Programs: You participate in one of the following programs.
 

Federal Programs State Programs
► Medicaid ► Family Assistance/Safety Net Assistance
► Supplemental Security Income (SSI) ► Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
► Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ► National School Lunch Program
► Federal Public Housing Assistance ——–
► Veteran’s Pension and Survivors Benefit ——–

 
Application
Federal program participation: Apply online.
State program participation: Contact a telephone carrier and ask about their Lifeline Program.


NYC Financial Empowerment Centers

 
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Book An Appointment with a Counselor Online
 
 
You can get free financial counseling by phone. Visit nyc.gov/TalkMoney to book an appointment. Work with your counselor to open a bank account so you can set up direct deposit; navigate the IRS Get My Payment tool; manage sudden changes to your household budget or income; contact creditors, and more.
 
Clients will be required to create a Financial Empowerment Portal account.
 


 

Sending a Cease Debt Collection Communication Letter

 
Under New York City and federal law, consumers may request at any time that a debt collector stop communicating with them permanently about a debt or alleged debt. In addition, if you are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, you can request that debt collection agencies stop contacting you temporarily about the debt.
 
See the instructions on how to draft a letter addressed to the collection agency
 

Según la ciudad de Nueva York y la ley federal, los consumidores pueden solicitar en cualquier momento que un cobrador de deudas deje de comunicarse con ellos permanentemente sobre una deuda o supuesta deuda. Además, si enfrenta dificultades financieras debido a la crisis del coronavirus (COVID-19), puede solicitar que las agencias de cobro de deudas dejen de comunicarse con usted temporalmente sobre la deuda.
 
Consulte las instrucciones acerca de cómo a detener las llamadas de las agencias de cobranza durante la emergencia COVID-19 con una carta

 
Updated on September 2, 2020
 


Childcare Subsidy

 
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(212) 677-4650
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Based on your income, childcare can be free to low cost with a childcare subsidy. Use the ACS Eligibility Wizard to see if you qualify by visiting
https://on.nyc.gov/2NzqOYc.
 
To apply for an ACS childcare subsidy, the application and a list of other forms you will need to complete can be found here: https://on.nyc.gov/2KYia3W. Submit applications to an approved ACS funded childcare provider. You must submit three months of consecutive pay stubs in order to verify employment. If you cannot, your employer can complete the “Referral to Employer for Income Information” form.
 
Find more information in this tipsheet by IncludeNYC.
 
Updated on August 31, 2020
 


Free Medical Care during Pregnancy

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Prenatal Care in New York State
Call 311 and ask for Medicaid for Pregnant Women
Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 800-522-5006
 
Free Medicaid coverage is available for pregnant women through the New York State Department of Health.
 
If you’re pregnant and uninsured, you may qualify to sign up for an insurance plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace, even if the enrollment period is closed.
 
Furthermore, free coverage is available regardless of immigration status. Babies receive health care services for at least one year after birth. Note: Extended access to family planning services is available to women who have Medicaid while pregnant but lose coverage after pregnancy.
 

Existe cobertura médica gratuita disponible (administrada por Medicaid) para mujeres embarazadas a través del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York.
 
Si está embarazada y no cuenta con seguro médico, podría calificar para un plan de seguro en el Mercado de Salud del Estado de NY, aún cuando el periodo de inscripción haya cerrado.
 
Además, la cobertura gratuita está disponible independientemente del estado inmigratorio del solicitante. Bajo esta cobertura, los bebés recibirán servicios de salud hasta por lo menos un año después de haber nacido. Nota: Los servicios extendidos de planeación familiar están disponibles para mujeres mbarazadas con Medicaid, pero perderán cobertura después del embarazo.

 


Child Support Services (Financial Support by Non Custodial Parent)

 
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Local Offices (by county)
888-208-4485 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM.)

dcse.cseweb@dfa.state.ny.us
 

ALERT: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, because of the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the New York City Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) Borough Offices and Customer Service Walk-In Center will be closed. The New York City Family Courts are also closed for child support matters.
 
FOR CHILD SUPPORT ASSISTANCE, YOU CAN:
 
EMAIL dcse.cseweb@dfa.state.ny.us. Please include your Child Support account number in your email inquiry. OR
CALL 888-208-4485, the New York State Child Support Helpline

 
Child support is financial support provided by the noncustodial parent. Any parent, guardian, caretaker of a child, or child who needs support can apply for child support services.
 
The Child Support Program offers the following services:
-Location of the non-custodial parent
-Establishment of paternity
-Help a custodial parent file a petition in Family Court for an order of support
-Directs the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the Support Collection Unit (SCU)
-Enforcement of payments by non-custodial parent
 
To learn about what information is needed to open a case go to the NYS Custodial Parent Information page. If you need help, call the hotline at 888-208-4485 Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. For more information visit https://www.childsupport.ny.gov/dcse/custodial_parent_info.html.
 
You may be eligible to pay an annual charge for child support services. Find if you should pay this fee by visiting the Annual Service Fee Questions and Answers page.
 


Home Water Assistance Program

 
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If you’re an eligible low-income homeowner, you can get an annual, non-refundable credit of $115.89 through the Home Water Assistance Program (HWAP). You do not have to enroll in the Home Water Assistance Program.
 
If you’re an eligible homeowner, you will automatically get a credit on your water and sewer account. A credit for $115.89 will appear on the first DEP bill received after the credit is applied. The transaction will be labeled “NYC Home Water Assistance Credit.”
 
Call 311 for assistance.
 
Learn if you qualify here.
 


Single Stop – Online Benefit Screener

 
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Single Stop is a safe space that will support you and your family’s needs. There are free programs to help you buy fresh groceries, help you with your taxes, and help you care for your children.
 
Use the Single Stop online benefit screener to find out what benefit programs you are eligible for.
 

Single Stop es una herramienta segura que te apoyará con las necesidades de tu Familia. Existen programas que pueden ayudarte con la compra de alimentos, la preparación de tus impuestos, y el cuidado para tus niños. Usa la herramienta de eligibilidad para beneficios de Single Stop para saber a qué programas calificas.

 


Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

 

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Energy Assistance by NYC the Human Resources Administration Office
HEAP locations
HEAP Infoline 800-692-0557
Heat Line 212-331-3150
 

COVID-19 Update: ALL HEAP offices are temporary closed and all in person HEAP interviews will be temporarily suspended until further notice. Required interviews for any HEAP benefit component may be completed with applicants by telephone (212) 331-3126.

 

Notificación COVID-19: Todas las oficinas HEAP están temporalmente cerradas y todas las entrevistas en persona serán temporalmente suspendidas hasta nueva orden. Las entrevistas requeridas para cualquier componente de beneficios ofrecidos por HEAP pueden ser realizadas por teléfono (212) 331-3126.

 
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating or cooling their homes. HEAP runs different benefit programs that will pay for: fuel, your utility source, equipment, and/or repairs depending on your needs. As a household, you could either apply for regular or emergency HEAP benefits. Remember, you may still be able to receive benefits even if your heat is included in your rent
 
The eligibility criteria vary by program. Find about your eligibility in the Energy Assistance website.
 
Note: The HEAP benefit opens November 2, 2020. The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2021.
 
HEAP programs
 
Regular HEAP benefit: a one-time supplement to your annual energy costs. The base amount of money given depends on your living situation. Find more information here.
 
Emergency HEAP benefit: Emergency benefits are available if your heat has been turned off or is in danger of being turned off. The Emergency HEAP benefit opens January 4, 2021 and closes March 15, 2021 or until funds run out.
 
Cooling assistance: The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800. The program operates from May to August. Applicants are only eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit once every five years.
 
Utility Assistance Program (UAP) (once the link opens scroll down): UAP assists families or individuals who are elderly, blind, disabled, mentally impaired or those residing in a neglected or hazardous environment who require financial assistance for their energy bills. Contact the Heat Line if you are having trouble paying your utilities bill calling to (212) 331-3150. Here are some other situations that may make you eligible for cash assistance.
 
To find more information about your eligibility visit the Energy Assistance website and apply.
 

El Programa de Asistencia para la Energía (HEAP por sus siglas en inglés) ayuda a personas con bajos ingresos a pagar el costo de la calefacción y/o refrescamiento de sus hogares. HEAP tiene diferentes programas de beneficios que pagarán por: combustible, fuente de electricidad, equipos y/o reparaciones dependiendo de su necesidad. Como familia, podrá aplicar para los beneficios regulares o de emergencia de HEAP.
 
Los criterios de elegibilidad varían por programa. Conoce si calificas entrando a la página de Energy Assistance.
 
Nota: El período de aplicación para beneficios regulares o de emergencia HEAP abrió en noviembre 2 de 2020 hasta el 15 de marzo de 2021.

 
Updated on December 12, 2020


Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

 
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Women, Infants, and Children NY (WIC)
Local agencies
800-522-5006 (Growing Up Hotline)
 

COVID-19 Update
 
–Many NYS WIC offices are available to provide services by phone for appointments. On-site appointments are limited.
–For questions about food or formula availability, visit https://nyswicvendors.com/vma-locations to find the vendor management agency in your area for help.
–Please contact your local agency if you have additional questions.

 
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a short-term food assistance program that provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, and health care referrals to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5.
 
Eligibility
Qualifying for benefits will depend on the family’s income and household size. To see if you qualify fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site. Keep in mind that U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
 
How to Apply
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
At your WIC appointment, you will receive an eWIC card that will work like a debit card. The WIC staff will add your benefits to your family’s eWIC account and you will get a list of your family’s WIC benefits for the next three months. This list will have a start and end dates for your benefits.
 
Types of Food & Shopping at the Supermarket
Read the WIC Approved Foods and Products List to learn about the types of foods you can choose at WIC approved market sites. Also, feel free to check out this WIC Approved Foods Card.
To learn more about how to use your eWIC card watch the “Shopping with eWIC” video.
 

Actualización COVID-19
 
–Muchas de las oficinas WIC están abiertas para brindar servicios por teléfono para citas. Las citas que ocurren en las oficinas son limitadas.
–Para disponibilidad acerca de comidas y leche de fórmula, visita https://nyswicvendors.com/vma-locations para encontrar agencias de administración de proveedores en su área para ayudarlo.
–Por favor contacta tu agencia local si tienes preguntas adicionales.

 

WIC (Mujeres, Infantes y Niños) es un programa de asistencia alimentaria a corto plazo que brinda alimentos nutritivos, apoyo para la lactancia, consejería en nutrición, educación en salud, y remisiones para mujeres embarazadas, infantes y niños de hasta 5 años.
 
Para saber si calificas, llena esta herramienta de preselección en la página de NYC HRA. Recuerda que una prueba de ciudadanía americana no es necesaria para obtener beneficios de WIC.
 
Guía de aplicación para WIC en esta hoja informational | Agencias locales
 
En tu cita con WIC, recibirás una tarjeta eWIC que funciona como una tarjeta de débito. A la cuenta familiar eWIC, los beneficios (dinero) serán agregados. Tambien obtendrás una lista de los beneficios que recibirás durante los próximos tres meses con fechas de inicio y finalización para beneficios.
 
¿Estás interesado en saber qué tipos de alimentos puede comprar con eWIC? Encuentra una lista con alimentos y productos aprobados en WIC Strong.
 
Aprende más con el video “Comprar con eWIC”.

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 
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HRA centers locations (centers have consolidated due to COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Updates
–Apply for SNAP benefits online at HRA. HRA locations are consolidating their hours until further notice and all appointments have been canceled.
–Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an interview to obtain benefits may not be required at this time. If the NYC HRA need additional information, they will contact you.
–Recertifications for SNAP and Cash Assistance are POSTPONED due to COVID-19.
–If you have recertification currently scheduled or one that is coming due, you DO NOT need to recertify and your benefits will continue. You will get a letter at a later date telling you when to recertify.
–Shop for groceries online at Walmart, Shoprite, and Amazon with your SNAP/EBT debit card.
–Download EBT Fresh to see nearby stores and farmer’s markets that take EBT and check your balance.
—For more information visit SNAP Benefits by the HRA.

 

Actualizaciones COVID-19
–Debido a la pandemia por COVID-19, las entrevistas de aplicación ya no son necesarias. Si la oficina HRA requiere de información adicional, ellos te contactarán.
–Aplica a SNAP en línea visitando HRA. Todas las oficinas de HRA están centralizando sus servicios hasta nueva orden. Las citas del HRA han sido canceladas.
–Las recertificaciones para SNAP y asistencia con dinero han sido POSPUESTAS debido al COVID-19.
–Si una recertificación está por vencerse, no necesitará recertificar y sus beneficios continuarán. Espere una carta la cual le indicará cuándo recertificar sus beneficios.
–Compra comestibles en línea en Walmart, Shoprite, y Amazon con su tarjeta débito SNAP/EBT.
–Baja la aplicación EBT Fresh para localizar tiendas y mercados de granjeros que aceptan la tarjeta de SNAP EBT. También revisa tu balance con esta aplicación.
–Para más información visite SNAP Benefits by the HRA.

 
 
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps families, the elderly, and the disabled afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP provides a debit card that you can use at many groceries and farmers markets.
 
Guide to apply for SNAP | Spanish guide to apply for SNAP
 
To find out about the list of approved foods and products you have access to with SNAP visit USA gov.
 
Watch the video “HRA SNAP”, to learn about the program.
 

El Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria Suplementaria (SNAP por sus siglas en inglés) es un programa nutricional federal que ayuda a familias, personas mayores, y los discapacitados a pagar comida fresca y nutritiva. SNAP provee una tarjeta débito que usted puede usar en muchos supermercados y mercados de productores agrícolas.
 
Guía para solicitar SNAP.
 
Para conocer la lista de alimentos y productos aprobados a los que tiene acceso con SNAP, visite USA gov.
 
Vea el video “Subiendo documentos a la aplicación HRA” para aprender cómo aplicar a SNAP.

 


Fair Fares NYC

 
fairfaresnyc_nobackgroundFairFares NYC gives a 50% discount on MetroCards to help low-income New York City residents. Residents have to meet the qualifications in order to apply. Find an informational handout here.
 
Click on the link FairFares NYC to learn about your eligibility and how to apply.
Click here for answers to questions you may have about the program.
There are FairFares offices in every borough. Click here for the locations.
 

FairFares NYC da la oportunidad a los residentes de la ciudad de Nueva York con bajos ingresos de tener un descuento de 50% para las tarjetas del metro. Aprenda más en esta hoja informacional. Para conocer las condiciones y requisitos visite la página oficial FairFares aquí.
 
Haga clic aquí para preguntas frecuentes.
 
Cada condado de la ciudad tiene oficinas de FairFares, oprima aquí para encontrar las ubicaciones.

 


 

Homeowner Repair Loans

 
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HomeFix
Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes Program

 
If you are a homeowner in one of the five boroughs and need heating upgrades, plumbing or electrical repairs, lead paint removal, roof and window repairs, or other repairs you could receive a homeowner repair loan through the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The program provides access to affordable low- or no-interest and potentially forgivable loans for home repairs to eligible owners of one- to four-family homes in New York City
 
For more information about this program by clicking on HomeFix. To find out if you qualify please visit Determine Eligibility.
 

Si es dueño de una casa en uno de los 5 condados de Nueva York y necesita modernizar su sistema de calefacción, hacer reparaciones eléctricas o de plomería, remover pintura a base de plomo, reparar techos y/o ventanas, o necesita hacer otro tipos de reparaciones, usted puede recibir un préstamo para propietarios a través del departamento de salud. Para más información siga el enlace HomeFix. Para conocer si califica para otros programa visite esta página.

 
 


Unemployment Insurance

 
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Unemployment Insurance by the New York State Department of Labor
Pandemic Unemployment Insurance by the New York State Department of Labor
 

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal program that was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI).
 
Through the CARES Act, if you qualify for PUA, you will also be eligible to receive:
-Up to 39 weeks of PUA benefits.
-An additional $600/week until 7/31/2020.
 
The best way to apply is online. DOL (Department of Labor) has a streamlined application that allows you to apply for either traditional UI or PUA, depending on their eligibility. You do not have to complete a separate application for PUA.
 
There will not be a 7-day waiting period for people who are out of work due to coronavirus (COVID-19) closure or quarantines.

 

ANUNCIO COVID-19: La Asistencia de Desempleo durante la Pandemia (PUA por sus siglas en inglés) es un programa federal incluido en el acta Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. El programa brinda apoyo para americanos que no pueden trabajar debido a la pandemia pero que no califican para el Seguro de Desempleo tradicional (UI por sus siglas en inglés).
 
A través del CARES Act, si califica para PUA, también es elegible para recibir:
-Beneficio PUA hasta por 39 semanas
-$600 dólares a la semana hasta Julio 31 de 2020.
 
La major manera de aplicar es en línea. El Departmento de Trabajo ha facilitado un proceso de aplicación que te permite aplicar para UNO de los dos beneficios, ya sea el Seguro de Desempleo tradicional o el PUA, dependiendo de tu elegibilidad. No hay necesidad de completar una aplicación adicional para el PUA si califica para el Seguro de Desempleo Tradicional.
 
No habrá un periodo de espera de 7 días para las personas que no tienen empleo debido a los cierres o cuarentenas por coronavirus (COVID-19).

 


The unemployment benefit available is for workers that have lost their jobs at no fault of their own and are ready, willing, and actively looking for work. File a New Unemployment Insurance and claim your benefits at the Department of Labor website.
 

El beneficio de Seguro de Desempleo es un servicio para trabajadores que han perdido su empleo sin culpa alguna y están activamente buscando empleo. Aplica y obtén beneficios en la página del Departamento de Trabajo del Estado de Nueva York

 
Updated on August 2, 2020.


 


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