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Cash help during an emergency

Emergency Assistance / One Shot Deal | NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)

1. How it Works

You may be able to get cash help if you cannot pay your bills because you lost your job, are getting less pay from your job, or had another emergency like an unexpected medical situation. This help is called “Emergency Assistance” or a “One Shot Deal.”

  • Emergency assistance can help you if:
    • you are experiencing homelessness or will lose your housing if you do not get help.
    • your gas or electricity has been shut off, or you got a notice saying that it will be shut off.
    • you lost clothes, personal items, or furniture because of theft, a fire, or a natural disaster.
    • you are affected by domestic violence.
    • you have other issues that affect the health and safety of you or your family.
  • You may be required to pay back some or all the Emergency Assistance. HRA will let you know if and how much to pay back.
  • You may apply for Emergency Assistance even if you got it before. If you were asked to pay back a past grant but did not, your eligibility for a new grant may be affected.

2. Determine your eligibility

Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Factors that may be considered include:

  • income (earned and unearned)
  • household size
  • the reason for the need, like as losing a job
  • available savings and resources
  • affordability of housing
  • disability
  • a future plan to pay the expense moving forward
  • citizenship or immigration status

3. What you need to include

Specific documents will be requested on a case by case basis. They may include:

  • Birth certificate or Social Security Number and/or a photo ID for each adult in the household
  • Proof of income for all members of your household
  • Bills or letters from the landlord for monthly rent, and rent owed
  • Copies of court orders
  • Lease

After you give HRA the information it needs for your application they will make a decision as soon as possible.

HRA will send you a notice if they need more information or documents from you.

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Apply for Emergency Assistance online on ACCESS HRA.

After you apply, you must have an interview to get Emergency Assistance or a One Shot Deal.

Apply online

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More ways to get help with this program

Call the HRA Infoline

Call 718-557-1399
Monday – Friday
8 a.m – 5 p.m

Get help in person

Visit an HRA Benefits Access Center near you.

If you’re at risk of entering shelter, contact Homebase.

Last Updated May 22, 2024

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