If you are low on funds and trying to stretch out what little you have, there are some ways to get back on your feet before you fall into despair. Help is available for families and single people in need of health insurance coverage, rent assistance, energy assistance and food. The Human Resources Administration provides the above-mentioned services. Below is a listing of some services from the HRA for New York City residents who need a helping hand. For more information on the programs and facilities listed below, or other means of public assistance, visit www.nyc.gov/html/hra.
Health Insurance Assistance
The City’s HRA’s Medical Assistance Program can help New Yorkers who qualify enroll in public health insurance programs like Medicaid. As of Jan. 1, the HRA will primarily accept applications from residents who are age 65 or over, or persons of any age who are seeking Medicaid related to a disability or blindness, or who are in receipt of Medicare and are not a parent or caretaker relative of minor children.
To obtain further details about these programs and services, or to apply, call the Human Resources Administration Helpline at (718) 557-1399. Other consumers must apply to the New York State of Health at nystateofhealth.ny.gov or by calling 1-855-355-5777.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) provides food support to low-income New Yorkers including working families, the elderly and the disabled to increase their ability to purchase food. To receive SNAP benefits, a household must qualify under eligibility rules set by the federal government.
Households applying for Cash Assistance at a Job Center have their SNAP application taken at the same time. Other households can apply at local SNAP Centers located throughout the City, which are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Jamaica center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Queens Food Stamp Centers can be reached at:
Long Island City
32-20 Northern Blvd., Long Island City
165-08 88th Ave., Third Floor, Jamaica
219 Beach 59th St., First Floor, Rockaway
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income homeowners and renters pay bills for heating fuel, equipment and repairs. To contact HEAP, call the HEAP LINE at (800) 692-0557.