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Welcome to Benefits Plus Online

Benefits Plus Online is the premier comprehensive, searchable online resource on over 80 different federal, state and local government benefit programs for social service professionals.

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, and updated regularly, Benefits Plus Online provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients access and maintain vital benefit programs and services.

Professionals will learn what the benefit is, who qualifies, how to apply, what documents are needed, as well as government contacts, valuable resources and helpful links on the Internet. All of these programs in one place plus access to valuable resources, and much more.

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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus Online, you can explore it by clicking on any of the 9 different categories. Each category contains chapters related to that category topic. When you click on a chapter, you will be able to view the chapter's outline, as well as open the “Overview” section.

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COVID-19 Resources

In an effort to better equip social service providers who are serving the public to effectively navigate COVID-19 resources and changes to the public benefit/housing systems, we have created a COVID-19 category in our Benefits Plus Online resource manual. The information found in the COVID-19 category is available at no cost from the Community Service Society of New York, thus both subscribers and non-subscribers may access this information. However, only Benefits Plus Online subscribers have access to the entire Benefits Plus Online content.

Benefits Plus Online Updates

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

The chart below lists 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 "Show updates" in the upper right hand corner of the blue header to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication.

To view updates in prior years, click on a selected year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Show updates" listed as "Expert Review Date".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA) April 2023

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

Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) April 2023

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

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) March 2023

Returning to Work: Updated the 1619(b) threshold amounts for NYS.