Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Access Nyc



ACCESS NYC is an online screening and application tool that allows New York City residents to quickly and easily determine their potential eligibility for 35 city, state and federal benefit programs across 15 different agencies. The single point of entry was designed to allow city residents to pre-screen for those programs anywhere, anytime, in at least seven different languages. ACCESS NYC also was designed to provide essential information about the application process, including simplified steps on how to apply, office location details, and information about required documentation. Users may also print blank or partially populated application forms and may submit electronic applications for some programs. While ACCESS NYC is a self-service tool, community-based organizations are trained to provide city residents with assistance in using the tool. The effort was implemented in 2006 and developed using Curam software.

Key benefit programs

TANF; SNAP; Medicaid; CHIP; WIC; LIHEAP; EITC; school meal programs; Federal housing assistance programs; federal child care assistance

Other benefit programs

Property tax and rent rebate programs; state low-income tax credits; county- or city-level human services assistance and employment programs; home- and community-based services; Head Start; senior services; out of school time programs; universal prekindergarten

Key technological components

Online application that can be sent electronically; online application that is printed and submitted on paper; Online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

Application assistance

Target population

General low-income population

Geographic reach

Single locality

State/s (abbreviation)


Locality (cities or counties)

New York City

Selected sources of information

Printable applications for school Meals, SNAP, and Senior Citizen or Disability Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE/DRIE) are available at:


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