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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 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 Apr 12, 2023 by Yvonne Peña
NYC has increased the rental assistance provided under the CityFHEPS and FHEPS programs. Rental amounts now match NYCHA’s Section 8 Voucher payment standards levels. The new amounts went into effect on January 1, 2023, for CityFHEPS and at the end of January 2023 for FHEPS. NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), which administers both FHEPS and CityFHEPS, [...]
Published on Apr 12, 2023 by Yvonne Peña
The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) has extended the temporary policy change of not requiring a housing court case for eligibility of FHEPS (Family Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement) and CityFHEPS (City Fighting Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement) to December 31, 2023. Households in the community at risk of homelessness (that is, not residing in a [...]

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