Last Updated on September 14, 2023 by Lori Pace
New York Family Assistance Program is available to qualified low-income individuals and families in need of help with their basic needs. In this article, we take a specific look at the assistance programs available for single mothers in New York State.
Assistance For Single Mothers In New York State
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) For Single Mothers
The LIHEAP helps residents of New York that meet income guidelines with their utility bills. Visit the New York State website to find out how to apply for benefits and visit this page to see contacts of local districts and after hours heating emergencies. Calling the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009 is available too.
The Foodhelp.NYC gives an online map to locate food pantries and community kitchens.
Foreclosure Relief Unit Assistance Program For New York Family
The Department of Financial Services of New York built the Foreclosure Relief Unit to help those in foreclosure situations. Visit the page to learn more about avoiding foreclosure and to find out about the foreclosure process.
These are the things you should NEVER do when you’re facing foreclosure:
- Make a deal with anyone or any company that requires a fee in advance to give you a loan
- Work with anyone that makes you sign the dead to your house over to them
- Make mortgage payments to anyone other than your mortgage company without your mortgage company’s approval
Call the New York State Department of Financial Services at 800-342-3736 or an agency part of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 888-995-HOPE (888-995-4673)
New York City Free Clinic (NYCFC)
The NYCFC provides free healthcare to those who are uninsured and are 18 years old and above. They have prescription drugs available at a reduced price for the patients. Visit the NYC website or call 212-206-5200 to learn more.
New York Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) For New York Family
The WAP aims to help qualified applicants in making their homes energy-efficient and safe. The assistance is for homeowners and renters. They perform energy audits to see the changes and repairs needed. Visit the WAP page to find weatherization providers by county. Contact them at 518-474-5700, the WAP central office in Albany.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) For New York Family
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to qualified low-income individuals and families through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Their goal is to supplement your food budget and make it possible for you to buy more nutritious food for your family. Start your application online and learn more about them through the New York Assistance website. Check the NY State page to find out if you or your family are qualified for assistance.
How Much Cash Assistance Will I Get In NY?
New York State is one of the most generous among the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. So, how much cash assistance you’ll get largely depends upon your family’s income and size. But the maximum amount you can receive is $789 a month to a family of three.
Who Is Eligible For New York Cash Assistance?
To be eligible to receive Cash Assistance in New York, you must be a resident of New York, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have low or very low income. You must also be one of the following:
- Have a child 18 years of age or younger, or
- Be pregnant, or
- Be 18 years of age or younger and the head of your household.