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  • A guide to emergency assistance, special grants and ongoing financial help

    This guide provides information on emergency assistance for utility bills, rent, shelter, security agreements, furniture, and pregnancy. It also has info on visitor allowances, housing for people with AIDS or HIV, restaurant allowances, help with camp fees, furniture and clothing replacement, home repairs, temporary assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and more. Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

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Fair hearings (5)+

  • Fair Hearing

    General information on fair hearings, including when and how to ask for one. Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • How To Win Your Fair Hearing

    Information on how to prepare and win your fair hearing. Content Detail

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Fair Hearings

    This fact sheet from the government answers many questions about fair hearings, including how to request one and what happens next. Content Detail

    By:
    New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • FAIR HEARING REQUEST FORM

    This form can be used to request a Fair Hearing. You have a right to request a Fair Hearing to challenge virtually any action (or lack of action) that the Social Services agency takes on your request for benefits (welfare, food stamps, HEAP, child care, Medicaid, and other programs). You also have a right to request a Fair Hearing if Social Services makes a change to benefits that you already get, and you disagree with that change. Content Detail

    By:
    The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • Denials / Appeals Process

    If you are denied emergency assistance, on-going benefits or special grants you can appeal the denial if you believe it was wrong. You appeal the denial by requesting a Fair Hearing. Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

Homeless (1)+

  • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

    HOMELESS VETERAN in NEED of HELP? Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Public assistance for homeless people (2)+

  • Homeless: Family Services

    Information from the City for homeless families on where to go for help, who is eligible for assistance and what to bring. Content Detail

    By:
    New York City Department of Homeless Services
  • Homeless: Single Adult Services

    If you are a single adult that is currently homeless in need of shelter, visit this page to find out where to go, what to expect, and how to get a hospital referral should you need one. Content Detail

    By:
    New York City Department of Homeless Services

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