Cash Assistance

Cash Assistance

Eligible families may receive up to 60 months of federally funded cash assistance under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program (TANF). Single individuals without children and families who have already received cash assistance for 60 months may receive benefits under the New York State Safety Net Program.

Are you eligible for Cash Assistance? Find out what documents you need to apply. Visit a Job Center to apply.

Eligible clients receiving temporary cash assistance are required to engage in work and/or educational activities in most cases. Learn more about educational opportunities on our Training and Education page.

(Those participating in an approved program can receive transportation and child care expenses so that they can meet their requirements.)

Emergency Assistance

New York City residents may apply for a one-time emergency grant, called a "One Shot", when an unforeseen circumstance prevents the applicant from meeting an expense. An applicant must meet eligibility guidelines and is subject to investigative review of the application. Emergency grant applicants may obtain help for:

  • Rental assistance in cases of impending evictions
  • Assistance with home energy and utility bills
  • Disaster assistance including moving expenses
  • Purchase of personal items for health and safety

For more information, please contact HRA's Infoline at 718-557-1399.


The Wellness, Comprehensive Assessment Rehabilitation and Employment (WeCARE) program is a unique initiative that addresses the needs of cash assistance clients with medical and/or mental health barriers to employment. The WeCARE program is available by referral only.


Request for Additional Allowance
Request for Review for Underpayment
Request for Payment of Rent Arrears in Excess of Agency
Primary Tenant's Statement Regarding Occupancy of Secondary Tenant
Child Care Provider Enrollment Supplement


Youth Applicant FAQs
Housing: Know Your Rights


Automated Child Care Eligibility and Enrollment System (ACEE): Child care programs for HRA clients
Child Care Provider Search: Easy to use search tool to locate NYC contracted & non-contracted Child Care Providers & short list/filter based on client needs
Daily Timekeeping System (DTS): For agencies that employee HRA clients
Employment Incentive Housing Program (EIHP): Housing for eligible homeless families 
Food Card Access Project (FCAP): Submit appointments for SNAP interview
Line Item Contracts (LIC): Monthly line item expenses
Payment and Claiming System on the Web (PACSWeb): Enables vendors to request payments for services provided to HRA clients
Substance Abuse Tracking and Reporting System (STARS): For treatment providers
Supportive Housing System (PACT): The Office of Health and Mental Health Services’ Placement, Assessment and Client Tracking Unit
Training Provider Tracking System (TPTS): For training providers
Available Training/Educational Programs: Search for training/educational providers and programs 
New Training Provider Application: Become a training provider
WeCare System: Wellness, Comprehensive Assessment, Rehabilitation and Employment program