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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 more.


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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.

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
College Preparation & Resources July 2019

Financial Aid: Updated the Federal Pell grant amount.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) July 2019

Qualifying for WIC: Updated income guidelines.

Description of WIC: Updated section to incorporate the use of eWIC to redeem benefits.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) July 2019

Government Contacts: Updated and eliminated extended office hours for SNAP Home Centers.

Legal Services June 2019

Eviction Prevention: Revised entire section, updated addresses and phone numbers, and added more legal service providers to the listing.

Medicaid June 2019

Home and Community Based Services Waiver: Updated information on the new Children's Consolidated HCBS waiver program, which eliminated the six previous children HCBS waiver programs.

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.