Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle

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Benefits Plus Updates

Originally published in January 2010 Benefits Plus® is updated regularly throughout the calendar year as changes occur in a program's guidelines or procedures.

On the chart below are a few of the most recent updates; not all updates are listed below. To view all updates/changes since publication, go to an individual chapter (for example, Cash Assistance), click on a section (for example, Qualifying for Cash Assistance). Once there, click on "Current As Of" in the upper right hand corner of the header. A window will open up to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication. If you want to view updates in prior years, click on a selected year to view updates for that year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Current As Of".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Cash Assistance June 2019

Housing Subsidies: Revised entire section, which now includes the new housing subsidy programs SOTA and Pathway Home.

Housing Subsidies: Updated information on the new CITYFHEPS program.

Housing Subsidies: Updated earned income disregard & case examples.

Qualifying for Cash Assistance: Updated the earned income disregard for households with dependent children, updated 100% FPL test as well as case examples.

NYC Shelter System June 2019

Cash Assistance Budgeting in the NYC Shelter System: Updated the earned income disregards, as well as case examples.

The NYC Shelter System for Families with Children: Updated the earned income disregard for households with children and updated the Federal Poverty Level chart for Cash Assistance budgeting.

DRIE April 2019

Overview: Revised entire DRIE chapter.

Public Housing April 2019

Maintaining Public Housing: Added information about NYCHA's new policy on Over-Income Households.

Child Health Plus April 2019

Qualifying for Child Health Plus: Updated the CHP income guidelines.

Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) April 2019

Qualifying for Emergency Assistance to Families: Updated Emergency Assistance to Families income eligibility guidelines.

Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA) April 2019

Qualifying for Emergency Safety Net Assistance: Updated Emergency Safety Net Assistance income eligibility guidelines.