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



Benefits Plus is a tool for service providers who want to secure access to public benefits and housing for clients. The tool includes information on federal benefits programs and services, and on programs and services operated by New York State and New York City. It provides program applications that can be downloaded and submitted to program offices in hard copy. It also contains a SNAP benefits screener/calculator. It is operated by The Center for Benefits and Services, a department of the Community Service Society of New York, which is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been in existence for 160 years. Benefits Plus is protected by U.S. copyright laws; subscribers receive a limited license to view and, if necessary, to download materials.

Key benefit programs

TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI/DI, LIHEAP, federal housing assistance programs, federal child care assistance, veteran pension assistance

Other benefit programs

Prescription drug assistance, unemployment insurance, Medicare Savings Program, child support, veterans’ health care

Key technological components

Online application that is printed out and submitted on paper; online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

Application assistance

Target population

General low-income population

Geographic reach


State/s (abbreviation)


Locality (cities or counties)


Selected sources of information

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