Financial – New York State Public Assistance Programs

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  • Allows a resident in the state of New York to apply for a variety of welfare programs online
  • The most popular applications are for food stamps and unemployment
  • A valid email address is required when applying for New York State Public Assistance Programs online
  • Any questions or concerns can be directed to 518-473-1090
  • New York residents can also contact the state at

New York State public assistance programs are programs and services offered by the state of New York to people who are in need but cannot afford them. The programs are offered by the state through the official benefits website,

What are some assistance programs offered in New York?

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

HEAP is an energy assistance program offered in New York that is funded by the federal government. The program helps low-income earners in New York to meet the heating costs of their homes.

Nutritional Education

Also known as Eat Smart New York, this is a program that provides free nutritional education to individuals who receive SNAP benefits. The program provides education materials on nutrition and organizes events and classes to teach about nutrition and healthy living.

School Meals

The school meals program is a food program that assists schools in offering nutritious meals to students. The program provides funds to school for serving students with meals that meet the defined nutritional requirements. It is open to parents, guardians or primary caregivers for students who attend school in New York

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a nutritional program that gives out electronic benefits each month, which can be used to buy food at authorized food stores. The benefits are provided to low-income earners, disabled, seniors and other people who meet the eligibility criteria. The criteria are mainly based on the income and household size.

State Supplementation Program (SSP)

SSP is a state funded program that provides financial assistance to people with disabilities. SSP is part of monthly benefits given to most recipients of Supplemental Security Income.

Women, Infants, Children Program (WIC)

WIC is a nutritional program focused on women, infants and children. It provides low-income women who are pregnant or breastfeeding with nutritious education and breastfeeding support. It also provides a variety of nutritious meals to these women, infants and children under the age of five


The assistance programs offered by the State of New York are open to legal residents of New York who meet the eligibility criteria. Residents can find the programs they are eligible for by visiting, clicking on the “Am I Eligible” section and completing the questions asked.