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Social Services

Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS)
HRA/DSS provides temporary help to individuals and families with social service and economic needs to assist them in reaching self-sufficiency.

HRA serves more than three million New Yorkers through essential and diverse programs and services that include: temporary cash assistance, public health insurance, food stamps, home care for seniors and the disabled, child care, adult protective services, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS support services, and child support enforcement.

Community Guide to HRA Benefits for Immigrants

Please call 311 or the HRA Infoline at 1-877-472-8411 for more information.
Learn more about HRA/DSS Services

Benefit Information. One Place.
Screen your family for over 30 City, state and federal health and human service benefit programs. In addition to screening, you can learn about the programs, how to apply, where to go, and even print filled in applications.

Food Stamps
The Food Stamp Program 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 Food Stamp benefits, a household must qualify under eligibility rules set by the federal government.  Households must also provide proof of their statements about household circumstances. For most households, eligibility to receive benefits is based on household size, income, and some household expenses.
Learn how to apply for food stamps

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