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Resources For All Immigrants

Last Updated Friday, May 22nd, 10:54am

This includes information for all of the government benefits, resources, services hosted on ACCESS NYC that are available to every New Yorker regardless of their immigration status so long as they meet other eligibility requirements.

It is NOT a comprehensive list of all government resources available to immigrants.

  • You must apply to receive a benefit. Services and resources do not require an application, you can get help without applying.
  • To get help, contact the agency for assistance under “More Ways To Get Help With This Program.”
  • Call the ACTION NYC hotline for free, safe immigration related legal help at: 1-800-354-0365

Report Hate and Bias to NYC Government
It is illegal for business owners or staff at places of public accommodations (e.g. grocery stores, medical facilities, restaurants, among others) to kick you out, refuse to serve you, or otherwise treat you less well than other customers because of fears or stigma around COVID-19. This includes harassment or discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, national origin, disability, or other protected classes.

If you have faced harassment or discrimination in housing, at work, or in any public place:

If you are a victim of, or witness a hate crime, call 911


Fair Fares
Fair Fares NYC is a City program that helps low-income New Yorkers. Using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, participating New York City residents receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. Pay-Per-Ride, 7-Day (Weekly) and 30-Day (Monthly) Unlimited Ride options are all available.

NYC Free Tax Prep
If you earned $64,000 or less last tax year, the City can help you file your taxes for free. You can file for free online or in person, depending on your individual or family income.

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
This tax credit helps working families pay for the care of children, adult dependents, or disabled spouses. You can claim up to $3,000 in expenses for one dependent or $6,000 for more than one when you file your taxes.

School Tax Relief Program (STAR)
STAR provides property tax relief to New York State’s homeowners. It lowers the tax burden on New York residents who live in school districts.

Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE)
SCHE gives property tax help to senior homeowners. It lowers the taxes of seniors who own one to three homes, condos, or coop apartments.

Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE)
People with disabilities who own one to three homes, condos, or coop apartments can get property tax on their primary residence lowered through DHE. DHE reduces property tax between five and fifty percent. The property tax reduction depends on how much the family earns.


COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources
Options include:

  • Free Grab & Go meals at NYC Schools for children and adults
  • Emergency meal delivery those who cannot access food themselves.

Find a school with free Grab & Go Meals near you:

Learn more about food options

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
There are two ways to get free food quickly: get groceries from a food pantry, or a cooked meal from a community kitchen. Find the closest food pantries and community kitchens.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC provides free healthy food and services to low-income women and children, including nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, health education, and referrals.

Breakfast and lunch are completely free for all students in every New York City public school.

Summer Meals
During the summer, children can get free breakfast and lunch. Locations include schools, libraries, community pools, and NYCHA buildings. There are also food trucks at some beaches, parks, and playgrounds.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
CSFP provides healthy food packages to eligible low-income adults ages 60 and older. CSFP nutritionists also give cooking demonstrations and nutrition lessons. Plus, the program can connect you to health care and social service agencies.


COVID-19 Eviction Protection

  • Effective May 7, the Governor announced that all residential and commercial evictions will be suspended until August 20th.
  • At this time, there is no rent suspension in effect.
  • Utility shut-offs have also been suspended.
  • Call 311 for free legal advice and counsel.
  • All New Yorkers, regardless of income or immigration status are eligible.
  • It is illegal for your landlord to change your locks, shut off your utilities, or physically remove your belongings without a court order of eviction.

Learn about Tenants’ Rights from the NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants.

Homebase is a homelessness prevention network with 26 locations across NYC’s five boroughs. If you’re at risk of homelessness, you can get services through Homebase to help with a housing crisis and support housing stability.

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE)
SCRIE helps eligible senior citizens stay in affordable housing with a rent freeze. If their rent goes up, people with SCRIE do not have to pay the higher rent. The City pays the landlord the difference between the current rent and the future rent.

Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE)
DRIE provides a rent freeze to tenants with disabilities. If their rent goes up, tenants with DRIE do not have to pay the higher rate. The City pays the difference between the current and future rent.

  • Learn more about Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE)


    Health Insurance Assistance
    Every New Yorker can get health insurance. There are low-cost and free plans for people who qualify, and counselors to help you choose a plan. This is a State operated program with many options available for all immigrants, including: Child Health plus, Essential Plan, Emergency Medicaid, Qualified Health Plans.

    Medicaid for Pregnant Women
    This program offers complete pregnancy care and other health services to women and teens who live in New York State and meet income and residency guidelines.

    NYC Well
    NYC Well is your connection to free private mental health support. You can connect to a counselor or peer specialist by phone, text, or chat and get help with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol misuse.


    EarlyLearn NYC Head Start
    EarlyLearn NYC Head Start programs provide early child care and education that supports the whole family. Families can get services for at least eight hours a day.


    Pre-K For All
    In free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K, teachers spark wonder and ignite learning in children. Pre-K for All gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school and a better chance at success in life. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience.


    Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC)
    Students can join one of hundreds of free afterschool programs in NYC through COMPASS NYC. COMPASS programs can offer homework help, sports, arts, and more. They are free and located all over the city.


    NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs)
    Survivors of sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking, and intimate partner and family violence can get free and confidential services

    NYC Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP)
    The NYC Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP) helps first-time mothers by providing a personal nurse. Your nurse can answer your questions and provide valuable guidance and support.

    • Learn more about NFP.

    Child Support Services
    The program helps mothers, fathers, and guardians with child support. People who receive child support can get help collecting it. People who pay child support can get help finding a job and managing their child support debt. Other services are also available.


    IDNYC is a free government-issued photo ID card for people over 10 years old who live in NYC. It can help you get City services, museum memberships, and more.

    • Learn more about IDNYC.


    Safe and Sick Leave
    NYC employees have legal rights to paid and unpaid leave, including new rights provided by State and Federal laws related to COVID-19. You can take unpaid and paid leave, depending on your circumstances and the type of employer you work for, to care for yourself or family members impacted by COVID-19.


    Access-A-Ride (AAR)
    Access-A-Ride (AAR) Paratransit Service provides public transportation for eligible customers with disabilities or health conditions that prevent them from using the public buses and subways for some or all of their trips. AAR operates 24/7/365.

    Adult Protective Services (APS)
    If you have a mental and/or physical disability that makes it hard to live alone and manage your affairs, and no one can help you, APS can. APS’s caseworkers make home visits, help you apply for benefits and services such as healthcare and managing money, and look into reports of abuse.

    Special Education Parent Centers
    Special Education Parent Centers provide information and resources to families of students with disabilities. The centers can help families be more involved in their child’s education, understand their child’s disabilities, resolve issues with families and school districts early, and more.


    Additional government resources available to all immigrants, regardless of citizenship status, that do not yet have a full “program guide” on ACCESS NYC.

    Free, safe immigration related legal help
    ActionNYC is a network of trusted and safe community organizations and schools.

    • Free legal screenings to find out if you qualify for any immigration benefit
    • Free legal help from an experienced attorney or accredited representative for a range of cases, including:
    • Green card applications and renewals
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    Call 1-800-354-0365 to make an appointment to get help:

    Get Help From Your Neighbors
    This page lists Mutual Aid Groups, voluntary community groups, in NYC and surrounding areas currently providing support. Groups listed here have not received any type of vetting and are not affiliated with government.

    Phone hours:

    • Monday 1:30-8pm (English)
    • Tuesday 5:30-8pm (English, Mandarin)
    • Wednesday 1:30-8pm (English, Español)
    • Friday 1:30-5pm (English, Español)

    Free Financial Counseling
    If you are experiencing sudden changes to your household budget or income due to COVID-19, counselors from NYC Financial Empowerment Centers can help you:

    • Manage your money and set up a spending plan
    • Contact creditors about existing loans, including student loans
    • Draft letters to creditors to lower payments or temporarily suspend payments due to hardship
    • Develop a strategy to minimize debt
    • Access local, state, and federal emergency resources

    Book a free financial counseling appointment with an NYC Financial Empowerment Center Counselor.

    Online English lessons

    • We Speak NYC is offering free weekly online classes.
    • Learn about New York City services available regardless of immigration status
    • View the schedule
    • Sign up

    Funeral Assistance
    Low-income New York City residents may be eligible for financial assistance to meet funeral expenses for a deceased low-income New York City resident family member.

    • Assistance includes burial allowance up to $1,700 and burial costs up to $3,400
    • Download the application for burial allowance.
    • You can apply up to 120 days from the date of the individual‘s death.
    • All applications received will be reviewed regardless of immigration status.

    Additional Resources for Immigrant Communities

    Find additional resources that are not hosted on ACCESS NYC as program guides on ACCESS NYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates.

    Last Updated Friday, May 22nd, 10:54am