The information provided in the links below is as specific as possible; however, if you need information not provided, please try the following things:
- Call 311. The operators have a wealth of information and can connect you to available known resources.
- Use your favorite search engine. Look for city and state government web sites, which often provide a gateway for services that are offered.
- Contact your local elected official’s office.
Access to a range of information regarding retirement, disability, Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Website also has information for families with children with disabilities, or are transitioning after incarceration.
Advocates for the rights, needs and benefits of innocent victims including direct services for those innocently affected by a crime.
Programs for New York City residents in need of long or short term assistance. Some programs listed below.
Cash Assistance: funded through TANF, help offset housing, energy, and other living expenses.
Energy Assistance: grants to pay for heating costs.
SNAP: formerly known as Food Stamps.
State sponsored benefit programs for individuals whose disabilities prevent them from being a part of the workforce. Must apply for services through the Social Security Administration’s Disability Insurance. Apply online to determine eligibility for available programs.
There are several offices in each geographic location. Directory Assistance can give you the number for the office closest to you. Or search online.
Provides pensions, medical care and prescription drugs, compensation, burial and other benefits. At any age, veterans may be eligible for a range of services. Their dependents and survivors may also receive certain benefits. Apply at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Call or use online portal to determine eligibility for services.
Apart from emergency disaster relief, the Red Cross offers services for veterans and military families and the opportunity to receive immediate financial assistance.
Provides resources related to immigration, transportation, unemployment, food assistance, domestic violence, healthcare, shelter and housing, and more.
Offers services for workforce development, vocational rehab, and behavioral health, in addition to other community services. See website for details.
Homelessness prevention, counseling, training and education services, substance abuse treatment, veteran and family services, crisis hotlines.