For many navigating through all the pages and services on this website may not be doable. If you need help, here are some ideas.

General Social Service Agencies

There are many social service agencies, such as community centers, fraternal societies, religiously based organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have social workers on their staff who can help you to find the services and entitlements that you need and are eligible for. There is typically no charge for their services. It is impossible to make an exhaustive list, but here are some suggestions for those in the NYC area. Simply call them and tell them of your specific need and ask for their help.  If you are not in their cachement area, ask them to recommend another agency. 
Heights and Hills - 1-718-596-8789

The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

LiveOn NY – 1-212-398-5045 

Independent Care Systems - 1-877-427-2525

The Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization.  They run the Medicare HelpLine.  They screen for eligibility for programs that may pay some or most of the costs of Medicare—the Medicare Part D Extra Help subsidy, and the Medicare Savings Program. Extra Help lowers prescription drug costs, while the Medicare Savings Program pays the monthly Part B premium. If a caller is not eligible, they check for other potential benefits, like State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs.

Use the following link for more infomation:
Call: 1-800-333-4114

General Screening Tools

At the least, here are some web aids that can screen for multiple services you may be eligible for. Simply click on the links below, enter your information and follow directions.

To screen for Government Benefits:

This tool screens for eligibility for many programs, including the following (you can access more information by clicking on each link below:ad More

New York Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded energy assistance program. New York's grant is allocated among the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) for a heating benefit program, the state Division of Housing and…
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New York Medicaid

Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who can't afford to pay for medical care. Medicaid pays for a number of services, but some may not be covered for you because of your age, financial circumstances, family situation, transfer of resource requirements, or living…

New York Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children up to the age of 5. All applicants must be income eligible and have a medical or nutritional risk. The WIC Program provides nutritious foods along with…

New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for the food stamp program, issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash at authorized retail food stores.…

New York Temporary Assistance

Temporary Assistance (TA) is temporary help for needy men, women and children. If you are unable to work, cannot find a job, or your job does not pay enough, TA may be able to help you pay for your expenses. New York state Family Assistance (FA) provides cash…

New York Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet New York's eligibility requirements.

New York Weatherization Assistance Program

Weatherization Services reduces the amount of energy required to heat homes and provide hot water. The majority of homes in New York state were built when energy was relatively inexpensive. These homes are significantly more costly to heat than a newer energy-efficient…

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To screen for Social Security Administration benefits you may be entitled to.

To screen for New York State Benefits

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