Legal Resources & Other Help

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

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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 who are denied NYS UI benefits.

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

Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS)
Unemployed Workers Project
Hotline: 347-521-5720.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Legal Services for Artists
212-319-2787 ext.1

Provides free or low-cost legal services.

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

NYS Bar Association

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Legal Services for Artists
212-319-2787 ext.1
Provides free or low

Additional Resources

Free Lancers

Guidance for Jobseekers Impacted Due to COVID-19

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)

Temporary COVID-19 intake hotlines for all New Yorkers — but prioritizing residents in Upper Manhattan and Southwest Bronx — to receive assistance on a variety of issues:

  • Unemployment: 929-512-4476, Tuesday/Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Accessing benefits: 919-512-4469, Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Housing: 929-512-4565, Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Immigration: 929-512-4496, Mondays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.