Single Mothers Assistance in New York City

Last Updated on April 27, 2022 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

We cover all the assistance programs available for single mothers and low-income families in New York City in this article. There are many people and organizations in New York City that are willing to help struggling citizens.

Assistance for single mothers in New York City

Housing Assistance for Single Mothers

  • New York City Housing Authority of Queens                  
    Assists in finding safe housing, provides information to help apply for rental assistance, Section 8, and other housing programs
  • Family Eviction Prevention Supplement                         
    Provides rental assistance to families enrolled in other public assistance programs for up to 5 years. Visit this site to learn how to avoid eviction.
  • New Destiny Housing                                                      

A variety of housing resources can be found on this page.

Food assistance for Single Mothers

  • Hunger Solutions New York
    a statewide non-profit organization that provides food assistance. Visit the website or call for 518-436-8757 or 800-865-5542 for more information.
  • ManhattanBrooklynBronx, and Queens Food Pantries
  • Food Program Locator 
  • Food Bank of New York City or call 212-566-7855
  • New York City Coalition Against Hunger
    locate the nearest food resource through this website or call 212-825-0028.
  • Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island 718-720-4047
    a pantry that serves everyone with fruits, vegetables, frozen food, and more. Book an appointment through a phone call.
  • BronxWorks Heights Senior Center 718-299-0301
    provides a bag of groceries to clients at risk of hunger or malnutrition. Assistance is available to Meals on Wheels recipients.

Eviction and Foreclosure Assistance for Single Mothers

This is professional assistance that can help you become aware of your rights and responsibilities:

  • Eviction Intervention Services                      – 212-308-2210
    rent assistance and eviction prevention
  • Neighborhood Housing Services Of North Bronx             718-881-1180
    Mortgage, foreclosure and housing assistance.
  • Law Help NY
    The Law Help NY gives legal information and referrals to those who cannot afford a lawyer. Visit this page to learn more about preventing foreclosure

Credit Counseling

Find a Credit Counseling Service to get professional financial advice, qualified low-income individuals can get assistance for free.

  • New York City Financial Empowerment Center                     Brooklyn
  • Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center
    provides assistance by helping you reduce debt, create a realistic budget, and improve credit rating. Contact 311 to book an appointment with a credit counselor. Check other credit counseling locations through this site.

Help is available in English, Españolবাংলা, 中文, Francais, and मानक

Health Care

These are clinics for you to get free or low-cost assistance:

  • New York City Free Clinic (NYCFC)
    provides high-quality healthcare to everyone regardless of income or health status. Get assistance if you’re 18 years old or older and uninsured. Schedule an appointment by calling 212-206-5200. Visit their website to learn more about them
  • Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC)
    extends healthcare access to low-income individuals and families. Visit their website or call 646 -WMC-WCCC (962-9222) to learn more about the services they offer.

Utility Assistance for Single Mothers

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Single Mothers

The LIHEAP provides cash assistance to qualified individuals and families, especially the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children that are struggling to pay their heating and cooling costs. Visit their website or call 202-429-8855 to learn more.

The One Shot Program

The One Shot Program provides one-time emergency assistance in paying for utility bills to qualified low-income individuals and families. Visit this website or call 718-557-1399 to learn more.

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Assistance for Single Parents

Provides short-term financial assistance in paying for utility services to families and individuals. Counselors will then help strengthen the individuals’ or families’ financial foundation to avoid the same struggle in the future. Visit their website or call 703-549-1390 to learn more.

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