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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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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 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 rmolina@cssny.org 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".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Cash Benefits October 2020

Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment: New Benefit under COVID-19: Updated the deadline for filing a Non-Filer application to obtain the Economic Impact Payment.

Cash Assistance: Changes under COVID-19: Updated information on CA renewals.

COVID-19: Protocols October 2020

COVID-19: NYS' Response : Updated this page, including Governor Cuomo's Cluster Initiative.

Food Access and Programs October 2020

SNAP: Changes Under COVID-19: Updated information on eligibility interview requirements for SNAP applications and recertifications.

Expansion of Unemployment Insurance: Changes under COVID-19 September 2020

Lost Wages Assistance Program: NYS has been approved for a second round of Lost Wages Assistance.

Lost Wages Assistance Program: Lost Wages Assistance is now released in NYS. Updated information regarding how to certify for Lost Wages Assistance.

Housing Programs & Services September 2020

Eviction Moratoriums: Under COVID-19: Added new section on the CDC eviction moratorium.