Welcome to Benefits Plus
Benefits Plus ® 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 provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients. Professionals will learn how a program works, how to access the benefit and what steps to take when action is needed. Get all of this plus access to valuable resources, government contacts, and much more. Below are videos to help orient you to Benefits Plus.
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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus, you can tour it by clicking on any of the 9 different categories on the right. 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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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 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 subscribers have access to the entire Benefits Plus content. For more information contact Rachael Molina at email@example.com or 212-614-5338.
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.
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".
|Health Benefits||September 2021||
Medicare Savings Program (MSP): Added New Section.
|Cash Benefits||August 2021||
NYS Excluded Workers Fund: Added Excluded Workers Fund
Cash Assistance: Changes under COVID-19: Updated the extension of certain waivers until September 30, 2021
Emergency Assistance Grants (One Shot Deals): Changes under COVID-19: Added certain applications for a one shot deals are not being processed, instead there may be a requirement to file for ERAP.
|Housing Programs & Services||August 2021||
Rent Relief: Under COVID-19: Added tenant protections available under NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Mortgage & Foreclosure Relief: Under COVID-19: Added clarifying information under Mortgage Relief of Non-Federally Backed Mortgages in NYS as a result of the end of the NYS state of emergency.
Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Added tenant protections under the NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Added clarifying information under the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act as a result of the end of the NYS state of emergency.
Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Added Resumptions of Eviction in NYC as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of August 12, 2021.
Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Added and updated information on the new CDC order enacting a residential moratorium in areas with high or substantial transmission of COVID-19.
Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Added note about the U.S. Supreme Court’s block of the NYS COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (CEEFPA).
Rent Relief: Under COVID-19: Added information on NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which opened on June 1, 2021.
CITYFHEPS: Changes under COVID-19: Added information about NYC HRA’s temporary removal of a housing court case requirement when applying for CITYFHEPS.
|Utility Assistance||August 2021||
Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: Updated the application section, included an application in Spanish.
|COVID-19: Additional Resources||July 2021||
Tax Credits Under the American Rescue Plan: Added Child Tax Credit Under the American Rescue Plan
Tax Credits Under the American Rescue Plan: Added the Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCC) Under the American Rescue Plan
COVID-19: Public Health Emergency Declaration: Updated Federal emergency declaration
|Food Access and Programs||July 2021||
SNAP: Changes Under COVID-19: Updated waiver extension for conducting eligibility interviews via phone, as well as telephone signatures to September 30, 2021.
NYS Pandemic EBT: New Benefit under COVID-19: Updated P-EBT for 2020-2021 school year.