Educating the Social Service Professional

The Benefit Plus Learning Center equips social service professionals to effectively navigate the public benefit system through its high quality training opportunities.  Professionals learn the fundamentals of public benefit and federally subsidized housing programs, gain practical knowledge, and hone their advocacy skills, all at an affordable cost.

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To host a training at your agency contact:
Leslie Boutin at or call 212-614-5444. 

Click Here for a complete list of trainings offered by the Benefits Plus Learning Center.

The Goals of the Benefits Plus Learning Center

The Benefits Plus Learning Center addresses the ongoing needs of social servive professionals who seek up-to-date and accurate information, resources, and government contacts on behalf of their clients dealing with the complexities of public benefit and housing programs. Our goal is to equip social service professionals to:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the public benefit and federally subsidized housing programs.
  • Identify and provide solutions to the challenges and barriers cliwents face in accessing public benefits/housing programs, thus assuring positive outcomes.
  • Create an environment where professionals can network with expert instructors & their colleagues to learn best practices and successful strategies.

Training participants receive a Participant Guide and additional tools to assist them when working with clients.  We offer both basic courses, which includes the fundamentals of various benefit and housing programs, as well as advanced courses, such as returning to work provisions, complex budgeting, overpayments, dealing with challenges when working with special populations (immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, survivors of domestic violence, homeless, disconnected youth) and more.


Evaluation Description

Benefits Plus - Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle – Community Service Society of NY