Legal Resources & Other Help

Health Programs

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The Legal Aid Society
Access to Benefits (A2B) Helpline: 888-663-6880, open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm

A2B staff can assist NYC residents with employment and unemployment benefits matters, issues related to Medicaid/health law, SNAP, public assistance, disability, and other benefits and issues related to COVID-19.

Legal Services NYC
Legal Assistance Hotline: 917-661-4500, open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4pm.

Provides assistance for individuals applying for SNAP and Cash Assistance, as well as assistance with rent arrears and utilities. Callers can provide their information over the phone, and staff assist individuals complete an application via AccessHRA. The program is focused on individuals without Internet access, although anyone can call and get help.

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline: 929-356-9582 or

Assistance with:

  • Advanced Planning (Standby Guardianship, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy, Wills)
  • Consumer Debt (Debt Collection, Wage Garnishment)
  • Employees’ Rights (Paid Leave, FMLA, Working Conditions)
  • Housing (Eviction, Rent Arrears, Foreclosure, Mortgage Relief Options,)
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Public Benefits
  • Special Education issues (K-12)
  • Stimulus Payment questions

NYS Unemployment and Paid Leave Legal Help Line
800-724-0490 × 5827

Additional Resources

Medicare Rights Center

NY Connects
844-862-7930 open Monday through Friday 9 am until 5 pm

Assistance for people with disabilities and older adults providing access to benefits, information about city and state changes, food, toiletries, peer support resources, and more.

Center for Independence of the Disabled

Information and assistance with application/recertification process and needed documentation, including both regular Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.