Financial Assistance Resources

Financial Assistance

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Emergency Financial Assistance

  • The Hope For The Warriors' Critical Care Coordination program offers financial support and education to post 9/11 veterans, military families, and survivors of trauma who have experienced a loss of income due to:
    • Delays in disability claims processing
    • Homelessness
    • Injury
    • Unexpected expenses

  • Visit Mission 22 for a comprehensive list of organizations that are providing financial assistance to veterans experiencing financial setbacks.

  • The VFW is offering emergency cash assistance to qualifying veterans, military members, and families.

  • NYC Human Resources Administration's NYC Cash Assistance program offers cash for families in need.

  • The PENFED Foundation's Military Heroes Fund provides emergency financial assistance for wounded, ill, and injured post 9-11 combat veterans who are experiencing an unexpected financial setback over the past one to three months.

  • Operation Homefront offers veterans financial assistance for critical family needs including overdue bills and home repairs.

  • The One Shot Deal allows NYC residents to apply for a one-time emergency grant that can be used for assistance with rent, utility bills, and disaster expenses.

Branch-Specific Aid

  • Air Force: The Air Force Aid Society provides no-interest loans and grants to Air Force service members and Air Force families who experience unexpected financial emergencies.

  • Army: Army Emergency Relief offers emergency financial assistance to Army reservists, Army servicemembers who are on active duty or retired, and surviving family members.

  • Coast Guard: The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance provides emergency grants to Coast Guard service members experiencing an emergency.

  • Navy-Marine: The Navy-Marine Corps Marine Society provides interest-free loans and grants to active-duty service members and retired veterans. The organization also offers financial counseling.

  • National Guard: American Red Cross Financial Assistance offers emergency funds to active duty service members, members of an activated National Guard or Reserve unit, and veterans. Immediate family members of active-duty service members, as well as spouse and widow(er)s of a veteran, are also eligible.

Tax Preparation

Preparers from NYC Free Tax Prep can help you file taxes if you earn $64,000 or less (families) or $45,000 or less (single filer).

Financial Counseling

Special Offers

  • DVS has partnered with Lyft to offer NYC veterans and their families up to $25 off their next Lyft ride. Apply for this limited offer

  • DVS is providing extra support to Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) struggling to reopen. We've partnered with the
    Home Depot Foundation  to distribute $100 gift cards to VSOs across NYC. Apply for a gift card today.

Freelancers, Artists, and Tipped Service Workers

Credit Reporting Protections

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) is working with New York's credit reporting industry to help New Yorkers avoid negative impacts on their credit reports during the COVID-19 crisis. DFS is also working to ensure that New York State-regulated financial institutions provide credit information in ways that minimize negative impacts on consumers.
Credit reporting agencies will now:

  • Provide one free credit report each month through November 2020
  • Inform financial institutions of procedures that allow institutions to report missed or delinquent payments in ways that minimize the impact on consumers' credit histories and credit scores
  • Inform financial institutions of their credit reporting obligations under the CARES Act
  • Inform financial institutions when credit reporting may not comply with CARES Act requirements

Military Banks and Credit Unions

Visit Simply Money Life for a list of military banks and credit unions.