The NYC Benefits Platform supports organizations that make it easier for NYC residents to discover and be aware of multiple benefits they may be eligible for through open resources including:
These two resources support and accelerate the development of new and public benefits-related web applications and features.
Plain language, and routinely updated information regarding social safety net related benefits and services.
Enables the creation of new, specific screening tools or for public benefits screening to happen against any existing dataset of benefits.
Through the API, household data (i.e. information about a household’s income, expenses, housing situation, etc.) can be compared against screening criteria for 40+ Federal, State, and Municipal benefits and programs and a screening result will be produced, containing the potentially eligible benefit and program names and codes.
Video: Public Benefits Awareness & Screening: An Intro to the NYC Benefits Platform (from NYC Open Data Week 2021) | Overview Slides
50+ units across City, State, and Federal Agencies
HOW WE CREATED THE NYC BENEFITS SCREENING API
The rules engine for city benefits, which governs ACCESS NYC’s Public Benefits Screener is maintained by the Product Team at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity.
We’ve established and are maintaining a working model for comprehensive benefits screening and hope to extend the impact of this work. In Spring of 2018, our partner WebINTENSIVE provided development services to create an API to programmatically leverage the rules engine to support new screening scenarios and use cases.
TECHNOLOGY POWERING BENEFITS SCREENING API
The API is hosted on Amazon Web Services through the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and is implemented with AWS Lambda for serverless architecture. This builds upon the technology underlying ACCESS NYC, including the rules engine which is built on the Drools Business Rules Management System. Learn more about the technology powering ACCESS NYC.
READ MORE ABOUT THE NYC BENEFITS SCREENING API
New York City releases API to clear up social service eligibility
Article | Smart Cities Dive | 4.17.2019
NYC Opportunity Launches the NYC Benefits Screening API
Blog | Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity | 4.16.2019
Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity Releases New York City’s First-Ever Benefits Screening API
Press Release | Mayor's Office | 4.16.2019
New York City unveils benefits screening API
Article | State Scoop | 4.16.2019
New York City Demystifies Social Service Benefits Screening
Article | Government Technology | 4.15.2019
Three Takeaways from Open Data 2019
Blog Post | Code for America | 3.12.2019
TO REQUEST ACCESS AND LEARN ABOUT HOW IT WORKS: