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, in an education or training program, or participate in a program assigned to you in order to get Cash Assistance
- You can get money for emergencies, including: eviction, energy and utility bills, natural disasters, and your safety or health
- Apply in person, or have an interview at home if you are homebound
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
Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.
3. What you need to include
It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.
This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.
4. How to apply
Here are your options.
If you’re already receiving Cash Assistance, you can complete an online recertification application.
Apply by mail
Download an application form, complete and mail it to a Job Center.
Apply in person
- Visit a Human Resources Administration (HRA) Job Center near you.
- If you have a medical or mental health condition that prevents you from applying in person, you can call 212-331-4640 to make arrangements to have a worker do the interview at your home.
- When you apply, you will need to provide proof of certain things. A Job Center worker will tell you which of these things you must prove. It will help if you bring proof of your identity, where you live, who lives with you, and your income with you.
- You can apply for SNAP, medical help, and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) when you apply for Cash Assistance.
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