Temporary Assistance is temporary financial help for needy men, women and children. If you are unable to work, can’t find a job, or your paycheck does not meet your everyday expenses, TA may be able to help you.
Types of Assistance
Emergency Assistance: for households that are facing emergencies through no fault of their own, due to a sudden and unexpected event or loss of income
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families): for households with children
Safety Net Assistance: for single people or couples without children (there is a 45-day wait for assistance in this program)
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP): a one-time benefit program designed to help low-income households pay for their energy costs. This program generally runs from November to March
Am I eligible?
To check potential eligibility, you may go to mybenefits.ny.gov or visit DSS and speak to a worker.