Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle


Welcome to Benefits Plus

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

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, updated regularly, Benefits Plus Online provides the information professionals need to learn how a program works, how to access the benefit, what steps to take when advocacy is needed, as well as providing valuable resources, government contacts, and more.

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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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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. 

On the chart below are 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 "Current As Of" in the upper right hand corner of the header. A window will open up to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication. If you want to view updates in prior years, click on a selected year to view updates for that year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Current As Of".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA) April 2018

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

Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) April 2018

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

Medicaid May 2018

Medicaid Community Based Long Term Care Services : Revised the section

SCRIE May 2018

Recertifying for SCRIE: Updated information about Department of Finance's two new SCRIE renewal forms and added links to the 2018 SCRIE Renewal Application forms.

DRIE May 2018

Recertifying for DRIE: Updated information about DRIE's two new renewal forms and added links to the 2018 DRIE Renewal Application forms.

Public Housing May 2018

Maintaining Public Housing: Updated information about NYCHA's Community Service Requirement, Annual Recertification, and Interim Recertifications.

Qualifying for Public Housing: Revised entire section, including updated Annual Income Guidelines for NYCHA and Maximum Income Limits for Tax Credit Development Apartments.

Description of Public Housing: Updated Payment Standards of NYCHA units converted to Section 8 Voucher units.

Section 8 Voucher Program May 2018

Calculating The Subsidy and The Tenant’s Share Of Rent: Updated all payment standards and utility allowances for 2018, including case examples.