Single Mothers Assistance in New York

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

These are programs available to qualified low-income individuals and families in need of help with their basic needs. 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 their 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

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 Single Mothers

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 Single Mothers

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.

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