Welfare/Temporary Assistance (TA) is temporary help for low-income men, women and children. If you are unable to work, cannot find a job, or your job does not pay enough, TA may be able to help you pay for your expenses.

New York state Family Assistance (FA) provides cash assistance to low-income families that include a minor child living with a parent.

Under FA, eligible adults are limited to receiving benefits for a total of 60 months in their lifetime,
including months of TANF-funded assistance granted in other states. Once this limit is reached, that adult and all members of his or her FA household are ineligible to receive any more FA benefits.
The months need not be consecutive, but rather each individual month in which TANF-funded benefits are received is included in the lifetime count

How to Apply for Welfare in New York:


In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of New York, have no or low income, be either pregnant or responsible for a child under 18 years of age or under 19 years of age and the child regularly attends secondary school, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

Parents and other adult relatives receiving FA, and who are determined to be able to work must comply with Federal work requirements to receive FA benefits.

Parents and other caretakers are also responsible for cooperating with the local department of social services in locating any absent parent. Non-cooperation without good cause could result in lower benefits.

Safety Net Assistance (SNA)
If you are not eligible for other public assistance programs you may be eligible for SNA. Use the Program Contact Information below to find more information.

More Information:

To learn more about New York Family Assistance please visit the website or call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-342-3009 and press “3” for Temporary Assistance.