You may be eligible for public benefits now even if you were not previously eligible.
HRA – HRA is referring as many clients as possible to its ACCESSHRA web portal to sign up for SNAP (“food stamps” or EBT), Cash Assistance, Medicaid, Home Energy Assistance (HEAP), and Fair Fares (MTA).
If you do not have internet access: Call 311 or the HRA infoline 718-557-1399. There is also one in-person enrollment office per borough. Recertifications are postponed during the crisis for existing clients.
NYS Unemployment Insurance – After an outcry over inaccessible phone lines, long waits, and processing delays, New York State released a new website for submitting unemployment claims online in May.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is for those who would not normally qualify for unemployment benefits. That includes some categories of individuals who quit work around the time of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps to provide childcare, and those who were looking for work when the pandemic happened. Find out more and apply for assistance.
CARES Act (stimulus checks) via IRS – Register to receive your stimulus check if you have not paid taxes recently, track your payment, and find out more information about this plan.
Assistance for individuals – the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. The linked resources will be updated frequently.