Low-income Subsidies

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When parents lose their jobs due to a tight labor market, disability or injury, they may qualify for benefits and subsidies until they find new jobs or recover their health. These benefits include Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid, Child and Family Health Plus, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps), SSI and Social Security, public assistance and legal services. The informational brochures listed below provide information on how to apply for income and health care assistance, as well as benefits for disabled children.

Subsidies for Low-Income Families Learn more about important services and programs such as:

  • The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) program
  • Medical treatment for undocumented immigrants, pregnant women and children
  • Public Assistance and Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Learn more about your housing rights

How to Apply for SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) This brochure will answer frequently asked questions such as:

  • What is SNAP?
  • Who is eligible for SNAP?
  • Where and how do I apply for SNAP?
  • What documentation is required?

Fair Hearings and Public Benefits You have a right to a fair hearing if your public benefits have been unfairly denied, reduced or discontinued. This brochure further explains the following:

  • The purpose of fair hearings
  • How to request a hearing
  • How to prepare for a hearing

SSI Disability for Children: The Appeal Process This brochure is for parents who have a disabled child who has been unfairly denied disability benefits. Learn more about:

  • What to do if you receive a notice telling you that your child's disability status will be reviewed or stopped
  • How to begin the appeal process
  • How to prepare for a Reconsideration Appeal
  • How to obtain free legal assistance

Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants This brochure contains valuable information regarding:

  • Resources available to low-income undocumented immigrant families
  • Names and numbers of agencies providing legal and other services for immigrants

To learn more and to receive the complete set of Know Your Rights brochures in English and Spanish, contact The Children's Aid Society, Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy at (212) 358-8930.