To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many HRA locations have consolidated until further notice. If your needs cannot be met by ACCESS HRA, call 311 or consult the HRA Locations page for more information.
Need to return or submit documents? You can submit documents in the following ways:
This guide gives examples of documents you can use to give proof of information we need to decide on help for you. This guide doesn't mention every type of document. Other documents may be used, even if not on the list.
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Please be aware that unscrupulous individuals may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to create a scam in order to steal your personal information. Learn more about this Potential Fraud Scam Alert.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as "food stamps") provides food assistance for nearly 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers including families, people who are aging and people with disabilities. The program helps families and individuals supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods.
All Cash Assistance and SNAP applicants that have been approved for benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail. If your EBT card has not yet arrived, you can go to the Brooklyn OTC site for your permanent card, or one of seven open center locations for a temporary card that will have all benefits available until the EBT card arrives. Please see the list of locations.
Simplified SNAP Application/Recertification Form Now Available for Seniors and New Yorkers with Disabilities:
A simplified SNAP application/recertification form (LDSS 5166) is now available for households where every person is age 60 or older, or has a disability, and no one in the household has earned income. You can download the simplified form below or request an application/recertification kit be mailed to you by calling Infoline at 718-557-1399.
Need to return documents for your application? Here's a list of community partners who can help:
You can also submit documents using the ACCESS HRA app.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an interview may not be required at this time. If we need additional information, HRA will contact you. If we have everything we need we will make a decision on your case and send you a notice. Please remember to submit as many documents as you can using the ACCESS HRA Mobile app. You can look at the documents page on Access HRA to see the kinds of documents HRA may need.
Did you know that you can now use your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to shop online for fresh produce and groceries?
During the COVID-19 emergency, there are new rules for the SNAP program which will allow more college students to get benefits.
*Your EFC is found in your Student Aid Report and it is calculated based on information provided in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
These new SNAP eligibility rules will last until one month after the public health emergency from COVID-19 is officially lifted. If you are able to get benefits thanks to these new rules, your benefits will last until your next recertification even if the public health emergency is ended first.
SUNY/CUNY/EOC Student Verification of Enrollment (LDSS-5172):
If you receive SNAP or Cash Assistance, you may qualify for a $50 per month discount on your mobile or fixed broadband internet service, along with a one-time $100 discount for purchasing a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. To learn more and apply, visit http://getemergencybroadband.org.
Here are some SNAP Frequently Asked Questions.
Instructions for recertifying for SNAP via phone (BRC-901E):
Recertifying for SNAP via IVRS (BRC-901C):
Visit our Food Assistance map for locations of food pantries and community kitchens in the five boroughs.
SNAP Need to Know Brochure (BRC-100):
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For information about emergency food program locations and hours of operation please call the Emergency FoodLine at 866-888-8777. This is an automated hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Check out our FoodHelp NYC Locator for a map of food assistance locations.
Want to work with HRA to provide food assistance? Find information on becoming a food provider.
You may be able to get Expedited Processing if:
For more information call HRA's Infoline at 718-557-1399.
Health Bucks is a seasonal program that allows SNAP recipients to earn $2 coupons for every $5 spent on their EBT cards at farmer's markets. Learn more about the program, which is run jointly with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.