ACCESS NYC Fall Newsletter
November 2014

We are pleased to share the Fall Edition of the ACCESS NYC newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to keep stakeholders, like you, informed of updates and enhancements to ACCESS NYC.

We hope you find the newsletter helpful, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mayor’s Office of Operations
City of New York


ACCESS NYC Upgrade Coming Soon

In early 2015, the ACCESS NYC website will re-launch with a new look and features, including the ability to recertify online for SNAP (Food Stamps). The upgraded ACCESS NYC will be even easier to use to find and apply for benefits. View the announcement on the ACCESS NYC website in:

English ǀ Español  ǀ العربية  ǀ 中文 ǀ Kreyòl Ayisyen ǀ 한국어  ǀ русский


New Version, New Accounts

Note, users will not be able to log in to their old account after ACCESS NYC is upgraded, so individuals with accounts are advised before February 2015 to:

  1. log in to complete any in-progress online applications they wish to submit, and 
  2. print and/or save copies of results of benefits screenings and online applications they already submitted via ACCESS NYC.

Users will create a new account on the upgraded version of ACCESS NYC. Retirement of the old ACCESS NYC accounts has no impact on users' benefits eligibility.


Benefit Spotlight: HEAP

 The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. The regular benefit availability opened on November 17, 2014.Visit to screen for eligibility or print an application.


Benefit Spotlight: NY State of Health Marketplace

The Open Enrollment period for individuals to purchase private health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace is November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.


Benefit Spotlight: VITA

Find a free or low-cost tax preparation site in your neighborhood through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) starting in January 2015. Check this page for a location near you. 


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