Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


Food * Housing * Cash Assistance * Bills * Health * Education * Employment

New York Assistance Programs and Services


  • New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, (+++)  Call: 800-342-3009
  • New York State Supplement Program (SSP)   Provides state-funded financial assistance to aged, blind and disabled individuals that meet the program requirements, Call: 800-772-1213
  • New York State Family Assistance (FA)  – Provides cash assistance to eligible needy families that include a minor child living with a parent (including families where both parents are in the household) or a caretaker relativeCall: 800-342-3009
  • New York State Telephone Assistance Program (Lifeline)  – Offers discounts on basic monthly service for qualified telephone customers, Call: Local telephone company
  • New York State Safety Net Assistance (SNA)  – Designed to provide cash assistance to persons  in need, who are not eligible for other assistance programs and meet this program requirementsCall: 800-342-3009
  • New York State Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible New York State residents, Call: 800-843-6154
  • New York State Child Health Plus Program  – Offers health care coverage to eligible children under the age 19 and living in New York State, Call: 800-698-4543
  • New York State Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 800-522-5006
  • New York State National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 518-473-8781
  • New York State Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 518-473-8781
  • New York State School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 518-473-8781
  • New York State Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call518-473-8781
  • New York State Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care, Call: 800-942-3858
  • New York State Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 845-429-4122
  • New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)  – Designed to assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes and offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency, Call: 800-342-3009
  • New York State Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  – Assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating and cooling costs and addressing health and safety issues in their homes through energy-efficiency measures, Call: 518-474-5700
  • New York State Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Offers free, nutritious foods to seniors aged 60 years of age and older, Call: 800-522-5006
  • New York State Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with special checks to buy fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers’ markets, Call: 800-342-9871
  • New York State Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: 212-480-7221
  • New York State Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: 718-739-6400