Cash help when you are in need

    Cash Assistance | NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)

    1. How it Works

    Your family can get cash if you are in need. The funds come on a debit card that you can use at any ATM or store where EBT cards are accepted.

    • Requires proof of identity, where you live, income, and citizenship status.
    • You must be a US citizen or have satisfactory immigration status to receive Cash Assistance. A worker will help you learn your status when you apply.
    • If you are able to work, you will either need to be working, be in an education or training program, or participate in a program assigned to you in order to get Cash Assistance.

    2. Determine your eligibility

    This program looks at several things to decide if you are eligible. Some of them include:

    • how much money you earn
    • how much money you receive from benefits
    • how many people live in your house
    • resources like cash or a checking account
    • your citizenship or immigration status

    3. What you need to include

    To apply for Cash Assistance you will need to prove the following:

    • Your identity: such as a photo ID, driver’s license, passport, naturalization certificate, or hospital records.
    • Where you live: such as a statement from your landlord, current rent receipt, lease, or mortgage records.
    • Your income (if any): such as a current pay stub, business records, current income tax return, or an Unemployment Insurance Benefit statement.
    • Citizenship or immigration status: such as your birth certificate, U.S. passport, or military service records.

    Check the Cash Assistance document guide to see what else you can use as proof.

    4. How to apply

    Here are your options.

    Apply online

    1. Apply on ACCESS HRA . You can apply for Cash Assistance, SNAP, and Medicaid Renewal at the same time through the Cash Assistance application.
    2. Use the ACCESS HRA mobile app to track the progress of your application or submit documents.
    3. You will be contacted for a phone interview. You can also visit an HRA center for an in-person interview.

    Apply or recertify online

    Apply by mail

    Apply in person

    More ways to get help with this program

    Call 311

    Ask for Cash Assistance.

    Call the HRA Infoline

    Call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 for more information.

    How much do you get for cash assistance in NYC?
    How much cash assistance you'll get in NY largely depends upon your family's income and size. New York pays a maximum of $789 a month to a family of three — one of the most generous among the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. more
    How does NYC cash assistance work?
    Your family can get cash if you are in need. The funds come on a debit card that you can use at any ATM or store where EBT cards are accepted. Requires proof of identity, where you live, income, and citizenship status. You must be a US citizen or have satisfactory immigration status to receive Cash Assistance. more
    What is cash assistance NYC?
    New York State Cash Assistance Program. New York State's Cash Assistance programs provide financial help to families with minor children, as well as unmarried people and childless couples who are in financial need. more
    How often do you get cash assistance in NYC?
    twice per month Cash Assistance Benefits. FA and SNA provide a cash benefit twice per month that can be used for food, utilities and housing expenses. If you are eligible for FA, you can only receive benefits for a lifetime total of five years (60 months). more
    What is NYC cash assistance?
    New York State Cash Assistance Program. New York State's Cash Assistance programs provide financial help to families with minor children, as well as unmarried people and childless couples who are in financial need. more
    How much is NYC cash assistance?
    How much cash assistance you'll get in NY largely depends upon your family's income and size. New York pays a maximum of $789 a month to a family of three — one of the most generous among the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. more
    What is cash assistance in NYC?
    Cash Assistance Benefits. FA and SNA provide a cash benefit twice per month that can be used for food, utilities and housing expenses. If you are eligible for FA, you can only receive benefits for a lifetime total of five years (60 months). more
    Who is eligible for cash assistance NYC?
    To be eligible for New York Temporary Assistance, you must be a resident of New York, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have low or very low income. You must also be one of the following: Have a child 18 years of age or younger, or. more
    How long is cash assistance NYC?
    Requests to open a case take longer. HRA must respond to your application in writing within 30 days if you are applying for: cash assistance and have a child under 18 years old living with you (in most cases) more
    How can I get cash assistance in NYC?
    You can apply for Emergency Assistance online using ACCESSHRA or by visiting your nearest HRA Job Center. For more information, call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399. more
    How much is cash assistance NYC?
    How much cash assistance you'll get in NY largely depends upon your family's income and size. New York pays a maximum of $789 a month to a family of three — one of the most generous among the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. more

    Source: access.nyc.gov

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