Cash Assistance for Eligible New Yorkers



Eligible families may receive up to 60 months of federally funded cash assistance under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program (TANF). Single individuals without children and families who have already received cash assistance for 60 months may receive benefits under the New York State Safety Net Program.

Are you eligible for Cash Assistance? Find out what documents you need to apply. Visit a Job Center to apply.

Here are some situations that may make you eligible for additional cash assistance.

Eligible clients receiving temporary cash assistance are required to engage in work and/or educational activities in most cases. Learn more about educational opportunities on our Training and Education page.

(Those participating in an approved program can receive transportation and child care expenses so that they can meet their requirements.)

All Cash Assistance and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps) applicants that have been approved for benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail. If your EBT card has not yet arrived, you can go to the Brooklyn OTC site for your permanent card, or one of seven open center locations for a temporary card that will have all benefits available until the EBT card arrives. Please see the list of locations here.

Emergency Assistance

You may be eligible for an emergency cash grant if it will meet certain special needs. For example:

  • Back rent would prevent your eviction

  • Payment is needed to maintain or restore utility service(s)

  • If you must move, you may be eligible for help with moving expenses, security deposit voucher, broker's fees, or temporary storage for furniture and personal belongings

For more information, please contact HRA's Infoline at 718-557-1399. Or ask an HRA worker at your Center about getting a request form.


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