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Published on Jul 19, 2024
Due to the widespread global IT outage, some government agencies are impacted.  Please see links for current agency status.Social Security: https://www.ssa.gov/agency/emergency/Currently all Social Security offices are closed.  Phone lines are open and some services are available on mySSA.gov.NYCHA: https://x.com/NYCHA/status/1814324890272444758.Please note that the CCC and MyNYCHA are now fully operational again.NYC Human Resources Administration:The ACCESS HRA Client [...]
Published on Jul 11, 2024 by Leslie Bailey
In October 2021, Governor Hochul signed legislation establishing the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), enabling eligible households to use their SNAP benefits via their EBT card to purchase prepared meals at participating restaurants.   In December 2023, with approval from the USDA, NYS began a pilot program with Monroe County, followed by NYC in 2024 in Brooklyn. To [...]
Published on Jul 3, 2024 by Leslie Bailey
For many years the Benefits Plus Leaning Center has offered an Immigrants’ Eligibility Chart which is designed for social service professionals working with individuals who are non-citizens.  The chart contains the immigration criteria for over 25 public benefit programs and is newly designed to identify programs that provide cash, food, health, etc.The chart, as well as [...]
Published on Jul 3, 2024 by Leslie Bailey
What is Summer EBT?Summer EBT is a federally funded program that provides a one-time benefit of $120 for each eligible child which is encoded on an EBT card. Households will have 122 consecutive days from the date of issuance to use the benefit.NYS OTDA has identified children who will automatically receive Summer EBT benefits without submitting [...]

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