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Learn about Access to Justice (A2J) Programs

September 13, 2014 at 9:14 am 0 comments

Normally, if you can’t afford an attorney for a civil court case, you can get an attorney at your local legal aid office. In the past few years, more people have become financially eligible for legal aid, but legal aid offices nationally have shrunk due to lack of funding. ThisRead More

The NY Health Exchange Customer Service Center is now open! Call them with your questions

September 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm 1 comment

NY State of Health is the website that lets you shop for, compare, and buy a health plan online, in person or over the phone.  Because there is still very little we know about the health plans that will be available for New Yorkers, they have now opened up aRead More

Important new benefits coming to immigrants with the new State Health Insurance Exchange

July 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm 0 comments

Clic aquí para leer en español You may have started hearing about the new NY State Health Insurance Exchange coming 10/1/13.  Under the federal Affordable Care Act, an Exchange will be operating in every state starting in 2014. This Exchange will be like a marketplace where you will be ableRead More

Frog in Search of Lily Pad: Affordable Housing

Frog in Search of Lily Pad: Affordable Housing

June 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm 3 comments

Lee en español In New York City’s rental market there are few New Yorkers that could claim to be a king or queen looking for their castle. Often what the annual apartment hunt feels like is a frog jumping across lily pads or in this case neighborhoods and boroughs lookingRead More

Stop Eviction: Emergency Eviction Prevention Funds

Stop Eviction: Emergency Eviction Prevention Funds

May 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm 0 comments

Leer en español If you’re struggling to pay your rent, reach out to someone prior to receiving an eviction notice. The earlier the better. The best way to sort out a problem is to get to the root of the cause. Is it unemployment? Underemployment? Credit card debt? There are severalRead More

Need help getting rid of mold? NYC offers Free Mold Removal Services

Need help getting rid of mold? NYC offers Free Mold Removal Services

May 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm 0 comments

    Para leer en español Black, brown fuzzy spider vein-type marks might be crawling up your windows and under your doors in post-Sandy New York City. Thousands of houses in the hardest hit areas along the coasts several months later are still trying to curb this infestation. The villain:Read More

Call to Action: United to End Homelessness Needs You

Call to Action: United to End Homelessness Needs You

May 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Thank you to Soheil Rezayazdi of United to End Homelessness for this guest blog post. A new coalition has formed to help curb New York City’s homelessness crisis. The group, United to End Homelessness, is spearheaded by advocates, faith leaders, and homeless men and women. This nonpartisan coalition aims toRead More

Think you might need a Fair Hearing? New free online form helps you prepare for one

Think you might need a Fair Hearing? New free online form helps you prepare for one

April 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm 0 comments

Clic aquí para leer esto en Español Have you lost benefits or services such as food stamps (SNAP), cash assistance, Medicaid or other health benefits?  Did your local social services office turn you down when you asked for emergency help? If any of these scenarios apply to you, new onlineRead More

HEAP AC Cooling Assistance program has begun. Get your application in early!

April 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm 0 comments

HEAP is bringing back its AC Cooling Assistance program, as of April 1, 2013! The HEAP Cooling Assistance Program assists with the purchase and installation of air conditioners not to exceed $800 or a fan to eligible households. Whenever possible, window air conditioning units with an Energy Star rating willRead More

NY leads with the most missing pension $$ waiting to be claimed. Do you know if you are owed unclaimed pension?

February 8, 2013 at 1:58 am 0 comments

Are you owed unclaimed pension money? Across the country, there are more than 38,000 people who haven’t claimed pension benefits they are owed. Those unclaimed pensions equal a total of over $300 million dollars, with individual benefits ranging from twelve cents to almost a million dollars. New York tops theRead More