Bureau of Eligibility Verification (BEV) Resuming Operations

Published on January, 24 2023 by Leslie Bailey
Beginning February 2023, BEV will resume their operations and conduct investigative interviews over the phone. Prior to the pandemic, the BEV review included an interview at the BEV office with all adults listed on the application and, if needed, a home visit. However, throughout the public health emergency, BEV paused their operations.Only certain Cash Assistance applicant [...]

NYS Increases HEAP Base Benefit for 2022-2023 Season

Published on December, 29 2022 by Leslie Bailey
Effective December 11, 2022, NYS has increased the HEAP base benefit amount for households that pay a vendor directly for heat for the 2022-2023 HEAP season. Households who had already received their HEAP benefit before the increase was implemented, are entitled to a supplement bringing them to the new base amount. For example, if your primary [...]

COVID-19 Waivers Extended Through February 28, 2023

Published on December, 7 2022 by Leslie Bailey
A waiver has been extended through February 28, 2023 to continue accepting applications for Cash Assistance and SNAP benefits over the phone without requiring a signature on an application. In addition, the waiver will extend domestic violence waivers, as well as other procedures and processes that require frequent contact with individuals experiencing homelessness and residing in [...]

2023 Social Security Updates

Published on December, 6 2022 by Leslie Bailey
There will be a 8.7% cost of living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and SSI benefits for 2023. The following are the federal monthly SSI benefit amount for 2023 (there is no increase to the NYS state supplement amount):For an individual living alone: $914, plus the NYS supplement of $87, for a total of $1,001.For a [...]