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Benefits Plus ® is the premier comprehensive, searchable online resource on over 80 different federal, state and local government benefit programs for social service professionals.

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, and updated regularly, Benefits Plus provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients. Professionals will learn how a program works, how to access the benefit and what steps to take when action is needed. Get all of this plus access to valuable resources, government contacts, and much more.

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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus, you can tour it by clicking on any of the 9 different categories on the right. Each category contains chapters related to that category topic. When you click on a chapter, you will be able to view the chapter's outline, as well as open the “Overview” section.

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COVID-19 Resources

In an effort to better equip social service providers who are serving the public to effectively navigate COVID-19 resources and changes to the public benefit/housing systems, we have created a COVID-19 category in our Benefits Plus resource manual. The information found in the COVID-19 category is available at no cost from the Community Service Society of New York, thus both subscribers and non-subscribers may access this information. However, only Benefits Plus subscribers have access to the entire Benefits Plus content. For more information contact Rachael Molina at rmolina@cssny.org or 212-614-5338.


Benefits Plus Updates

Originally published in January 2010 Benefits Plus® is updated regularly throughout the calendar year as changes occur in a program's guidelines or procedures.

The chart below lists a few of the most recent updates; not all updates are listed below. To view all updates/changes since publication, go to an individual chapter (for example, Cash Assistance), click on a section (for example, Qualifying for Cash Assistance). Once there, click on "Show updates" in the upper right hand corner of the blue header to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication.

To view updates in prior years, click on a selected year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Show updates" listed as "Expert Review Date".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Expansion of Unemployment Insurance: Changes under COVID-19 August 2020

Shared Work Program : Added information about NYS DOL's Shared Work Program

Housing Programs & Services August 2020

Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Updated and revised information on NYS Governor’s Executive Orders.

Homeowners: Under COVID-19: Updated and revised information on NYS Governor’s Executive Orders.

Homeowners: Under COVID-19: Added information on relief available to Non-Federally Backed Mortgages in NYS.

Rent: Under COVID-19: Updated NYS COVID Rent Relief Program due date.

Additional Housing Resources: For COVID-19: Added information about NYC’s new Citywide Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project

Immigration Statuses/Naturalization July 2020

Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Classifications: Updated information on status of DACA recipients based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Cash Benefits July 2020

Social Security Retirement, Disability, and SSI Benefits: Changes under COVID-19: Added information about procedures to appoint a representative at SSA appeal procedures.

COVID-19: Protocols July 2020

COVID-19: NYS COVID-19 Testing: Updated information regarding COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in NYS.

COVID-19: NYS Travel Advisory: Added a new piece on a COVID-19 travel advisory in NYS.