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. 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 Online.
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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus Online, 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 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. For more information contact Rachael Molina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-614-5338.
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".
|Cash Benefits||May 2022||
Cash Assistance: Changes under COVID-19: Updated state waivers to June 30, 2022
Cash Assistance: Changes under COVID-19: Updated telephone waiver to May 31, 2022
|Food Access and Programs||May 2022||
SNAP: Changes Under COVID-19: Updated state waivers to June 30, 2022
WIC: Changes under COVID-19: Updated the temporary increase in WIC which will now run through September 2022
|Child Support||April 2022||
Obtaining a Child Support Order: Updated the NYS self-support reserve amount and federal poverty level for 2022.
|Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF)||April 2022||
Qualifying for Emergency Assistance to Families: Updated Emergency Assistance to Families income eligibility guidelines.
|Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA)||April 2022||
Qualifying for Emergency Safety Net Assistance: Updated Emergency Safety Net Assistance income eligibility guidelines.
|COVID-19: Additional Resources||April 2022||
COVID-19: Public Health Emergency Declaration: HHS has extended the emergency declaration for another 90 days effective April 16, 2022, setting the expiration date to July 15, 2022.
|Cash Assistance||April 2022||
Qualifying for Cash Assistance: Updated requirement on liens. Effective April 1, 2022, NYS will no longer require a lien on a person’s home.