Every year, the State of New York receives large block or formula grant funding from the federal government. New York adds revenue from state income taxes and uses the money to assist needy residents of New York with social support programs. Food, health care and many other basic needs are provided to low-income New Yorkers under these programs. Below you will find a brief description of what each program does and how to apply in your community.
Child Health Plus
New York provides health insurance plans for kids through dozens of health care providers across the state. It offers two plans, Child Health Plus A and B, to children under the age of 19. It also covers expecting mothers. Contact your local Department of Social Services, a local community organization or a participating insurer to apply for the program. A full list of places to apply are listed here. For any additional questions about Child Health Plus, call 1-800-698-4543.
The federally funded Head Start Program is available in many communities in New York. The program better prepares young children for the start of elementary school through early childhood education. Head Start is for preschool aged kids from 3 to 5. Early Head Start is a parent focused program, available to pregnant women and mothers with kids from infants to toddlers under 3. Finding the program nearest your local area is easy. Search by state and zip code on the national Head Start locator.
Energy and Weatherization Assistance
Federal grant funding provides for the Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP and the Weatherization Assistance Program or WAP for New York residents. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance administers HEAP, providing low-income households with several types of energy assistance including repair and replacement of faulty equipment. Call the HEAP hotline to apply at 1-800-342-3009. Homes and Community Renewal provides the Weatherization Assistance Program to households with lower-income saving on yearly energy costs through home improvement. Apply with your local weatherization provider on the full listing of New York area providers. To contact customer service, dial toll-free 1-866-275-3427.
New York provides health insurance to low-income residents that cannot afford medical coverage through the state’s Medicaid Program. To qualify, you must be pregnant, caring for a child under the age of 19, blind or disabled or 65 years old or older. Services vary and are provided with either no co-pay or by small co-payments, depending on your Medicare plan. To apply, you must write, call or visit your local Department of Social Services. To find the office in your county, consult this DSS state listing.
School Nutrition Programs
The Department of Education provides several subsidized programs that feed New York school children, offering free or reduced breakfast and lunch to kids from low-income families. It also provides milk to kids enrolled in half-day, daycare and camp settings. To inquire about and apply for any of these nutrition programs, contact your child’s school. In addition, when children are out of school during the summer, the New York Summer Food Service Program provides the same nutritious meals kids receive year round through feeding centers at schools, pools, parks and other locations. To find the location near you and apply for summer food, use this summer meal search.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
The New York food stamp program is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Eligible state residents receive electronic benefit cards through SNAP that can be used to buy food at authorized retail locations. You can easily apply online for the program by visiting mybenefits.ny.gov. You may also download and print this online application and return it by mail, fax or in person to your local Department of Social Services. For any additional information about the state’s SNAP program, call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services hotline at 1-800-429-3009.
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
The WIC Program is administered by the New York Department of Health. This program helps women who are expecting children and those with kids under the age of 5 who are considered nutritionally at-risk. Women can receive a supply of supplemental foods as well as services such as breastfeeding support. To apply find the WIC provider in your area on this WIC agency listing or call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006.
New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance offers Temporary Assistance through two different programs. Family Assistance is available for needy families that have a minor child. Under this program, low-income families can receive cash payments to pay for basic living expenses for up to a total of 60 months. The other program is Safety Net Assistance and this is available to single adults and childless couples for up to 2 years. To apply you must fill out this Temporary Assistance application and return it to your local Department of Social Services. For further information, call the Temporary Assistance Hotline at 1-800-342-3009 and press 3 for Temporary Assistance.
The Department of Labor provides Unemployment Insurance to people working inside the State of New York. You may be eligible to receive support while you look for work if you have lost your job through no fault of your own and have worked during the past 12 to 18 months. It is easy to file a claim through online services. For any questions, call the Telephone Claims Center at 1-888-209-8124. Out of State residents who work in New York should call 1-877-358-5306.
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