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Benefits and Resources

Benefits Guide

Many public programs are available to seniors in need.  The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) provides a guide to benefits and entitlements for older New Yorkers.

Download 2017 Benefits for Older New Yorkers at a Glance (in PDF)
English Version
Spanish Version
Chinese Version
Russian Version
Korean Version

Select a benefit program to learn more


Determine your eligibility for more than 30 City, State and Federal human service benefit programs (including the benefits listed in the Benefits Guide) at ACCESS NYC, a free online service developed by New York City. You may also apply or renew your application for some benefit programs on ACCESS NYC

Screen and apply for benefits through ACCESS NYC

311 System

With operators who speak more than 170 languages and around-the-clock availability seven days a week, New York City’s 311 telephone and on-line system is New Yorkers’ primary resource for information about City programs and services.

Visit 311 online

Veterans’ Benefits

If you’re a veteran and need employment, housing, GI-Bill Educational Benefits, Food Stamps, and/or assistance with VA Benefits, the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) is there to serve you.

Visit the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs


You can find programs that help you pay for prescription drugs, health care, meals, utilities, caregiver assistance and more at BenefitsCheckUp.  Developed and maintained by the National Council on Aging, BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based benefits screening service for seniors with limited income and resources.  It includes more than 2,000 public and private benefit programs, such as energy assistance, financial and legal assistance, social security, in-home services, tax relief, employment and volunteer services, and more.

Visit BenefitsCheckUp