Financial Assistancein New York City
Everyone gets behind on bills and other financial matters from time to time. helpNYC maintains a list of organizations and programs that provide New Yorkers with various financial services.
Please check the Housing Assistance section for additional resources as well.
Please check our COVID-19 Resources section for additional resources as well.
Case Management & Benefits Access Programs
These programs provide case management and help with applying for public assistance programs such as SNAP, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, Social Security Benefits, and other programs. They also can help with eviction prevention, and tax preparation.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits to low-income individuals and families that are used at stores to purchase food. The program is administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through its nationwide network of FNS field offices. Local FNS field offices are responsible for the licensing and monitoring of retail food stores participating in SNAP.
Mail Assistance Programs
Mail Assistance Programs provide families and individuals experiencing homelessness or those who do not have a stable mailing address with a mailing address they can use when applying for benefits such as supplementary food assistance (SNAP/food stamps), public assistance, disability, and social security income, medications, and other vital services that require a permanent address. It also allows those without homes to provide a private – non-shelter – address to potential employers when seeking a job.
Burial Assistance Programs
Loosing a loved one is always hard on the ones left behind. Some people don't have the finances to cover the cost of burial. helpNYC has gathered some resources to help those in need help with a loved one's burial expenses.
Other Financial Assistance Programs
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers, a program operated by the City of New York's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, provides one-on-one professional, financial counseling and coaching to support you in reaching your goals at no charge. Counselors work with individuals to: reduce debt; understand rights and responsibilities when it comes to student loans; strengthen personal credit score; make saving a part of routine; balance a budget; open a bank account; separate personal and business finances and much more.
Click here to find more information about NYC Financial Empowerment Centers.
The City of New York's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection operates the NYC SafeStart Account program. This program allows every New Yorker a banking account at participating banks and credit unions.
The NYC SafeStart Account does not have overdraft fees; monthly fees, if the minimum balance requirement is maintained (usually $25.00 or less); and an ATM Card is provided.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers can provide more information on SafeStart accounts and finding the right account for you.
IDNYC is accepted at some participating banks and credit unions as primary identification. Depending on policies of the banks and credit unions some may require proof of address, Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), and/or a small initial deposit. Credit Unions may have additional membership requirements like residency, employer, or relational requirements.
A voucher is required to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. The voucher is available to download from the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection website.
Click here to find more information about the NYC SafeStart Account program.
The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800. The deadline to submit applications is August 30, 2021. Air conditioners are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Applicants are only eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit once every five years. If eligible, a household can get only one air conditioner or one fan, and the cost can’t go above $800 including installation fees. The benefit is not applied to an electric bill or issued as a cash benefit.
If you homeless, facing depossession, eviction, utility disconnect, victim of a fire, domestic violence, or other hardship you may be eligible for the Short Term Emergency Grant and Loan program called "The One Shot Deal" from the City of New York.
Click here for more information about The One Shot Deal.
If you are facing eviction or entertaining the shelter system the City of New York's Human Resources Administration has several programs that can help you with your housing issues.
Click here to find more information about Rental Assistance Programs.
Through the Federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) you can get help from the City of New York to help pay your electric, gas, or heating costs if you have received a disconnect notice.
Click here for more information for assistance in paying your utilities.