Benefit Tools

The Benefit Plus Learning Center's popular "Benefit Tools" is the solution for the advocate looking for quick links to many useful resources on public benefits. Click on any of the links below to go to a particular benefit tool.

Benefit Applications

Benefit ApplicationsLinks to government websites where you can download benefit applications.

Benefit Screening Guide

Screening 2520 ToolAn eligibility screening chart of over 80 different benefit/housing programs with a brief description, qualifying factors and government websites for each of these benefits.

Benefits Plus E-Newsletter

Css Bp SingleThe Benefits Plus Learning Center’s monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and news about public benefits, housing programs and community resources.

Benefits Plus SNAP Calculator

An online tool to determine whether a household is income eligible for SNAP and the potential amount of SNAP benefits a household may be eligible for.

SNAP Calculator is not a compatible with Internet Explorer. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are suggested.

Documentation Guides

A listing of primary and secondary documents needed to apply for Cash Assistance, SNAP, Medicaid and Social Security programs.

Federal Poverty Levels

Current federal poverty levels by household size and varying percentages of the FPL.

Financial Eligibility Charts

Charts providing income guidelines for several benefit programs in NYS.

Government Resource Manuals

Resource ManualLinks to government online manuals, which include eligibility criteria, regulations and procedures for different benefit/housing programs.

Housing Resources

Apartment and housing resources, including apartment lotteries, listings, resources for special population groups, eviction prevention, tenants’ rights and more.

Resources for Immigrants

SolDocumentation guidelines, benefit eligibility charts, and other resources for the immigrant community.

Web-Based Calculators and Online Tools

Links to online screening tools and resources on a variety of benefit and housing programs.