If you have lost your job, you can claim unemployment insurance benefits.
New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to coronavirus closures or quarantines.
To learn more and apply for benefits, visit the Unemployment Insurance page.
Cash and Expenses
Eligible families can apply to receive up to 60 months of federally funded cash assistance under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Program (TANF).
Single individuals without children and families who have already received cash assistance for 60 months can apply to receive benefits under the New York State Safety Net Program.
Current public assistance recipients with children will also receive one-time payments through the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF).
Learn more on the Public Assistance or Welfare page.
Emergency Cash Assistance
The "One Shot Deal" emergency assistance program helps people who can't meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. You may be eligible for an emergency cash grant. For more information, visit the One Shot Deal page.
If you already receive Cash Assistance, you can apply for a Special Grant using ACCESS HRA.
Discounts for Internet Service
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps eligible households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
To learn more, visit the Affordable Connectivity Program page.
Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, eligible individuals and families will receive Economic Impact Payments (stimulus payments) based on income. The payment amount you receive depends on your income. Each round of stimulus payments has different income requirements.
To learn more, visit the Stimulus Payments page.
Low-income homeowners and renters can get help paying for utility and heating bills through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Learn more on the Energy Assistance page.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers now provide free one-on-one professional, financial counseling over the phone. Counselors can provide financial guidance during COVID-19.
Learn more on the Financial Counseling page.
If you have federal student loans, you may be eligible to apply for the limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver and one-time student loan debt relief under the Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan.
Learn more on the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness page.
Healthcare Worker Bonus (HWB) Program
The Healthcare Worker Bonus (HWB) Program is the payment of bonuses for certain frontline health care workers.
In order to receive the bonus, employees must meet eligibility requirements. In addition, qualified employers are required to claim the bonus on behalf of their employees. An employee is not able to claim bonuses independently.
Learn more about the Healthcare Worker Bonus (HWB) Program.