Childcare Subsidy explained by IncludeNYC
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
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
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.
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 Website
Department of Environmental Protection
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 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.
Energy Assistance by NYC the Human Resources Administration Office
HEAP Infoline 800-692-0557
Heat Line 212-331-3150
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.
The eligibility criteria vary by program. Find about your eligibility in the Energy Assistance website.
Note: The application period for the regular and emergency HEAP benefit is extended through August 31, 2020 or until the funds allocated to these components are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
–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.
–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.
Updated on July 29, 2020
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.
To see if you qualify for WIC benefits fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site. Keep in mind that U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
At your WIC appointment, you will receive an eWIC card that works like a debit card. 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 start and end dates for your benefits.
Interested in knowing what types of food you can purchase with your eWIC card? Find a list with approved foods and products at WIC Strong.
Watch the “Shopping with eWIC” video.
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.
FairFares 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.
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.
Updated on August 2, 2020.