The weakened economy has vastly intensified the demand for public benefit programs and housing services. The Benefits Plus Learning Center offers publications, training, and consultation services designed to educate and support the social service professional and clients through the complexities of the public benefit system.
For more than ten years, Community Health Advocates has been a leading voice for New York's health care consumers, providing free, one-on-one assistance and community trainings to help people find and use health insurance and care.
Enrolling Individuals, families, and small businesses and their employees in free and affordable health insurance statewide. We've got you covered.
FE-ABD is a New York State-sponsored public health insurance application assistance program for people who are aged, blind or disabled. We educate and assist New Yorkers with enrolling in and using public health insurance programs.
The Financial Advocacy Program provides financial coaching and public benefits counseling at community-based organizations, hospitals, and other agencies that serve low-income communities in New York City. Our work is powered by a cadre of skilled volunteers, primarily retired professionals, who have been rigorously trained in financial literacy and public benefits.
The Harlem Health Advocacy Partners demonstration project pairs Community Health Workers with CSS Health Advocates to help reduce disparities in chronic diseases among New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents in East and Central Harlem and improve their long-term health and quality-of-life.
CSS’s Income Support Services provides small grants to qualifying individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet. Recognizing that low-wage work and soaring rents make it hard to thrive in today’s economy, Income Support Services provides financial assistance to help avert traumatic events like homelessness or to propel job seekers towards economic independence.
ICAN is the New York State Ombudsprogram for people with Medicaid long-term care services. We assist New Yorkers with enrolling in and using managed care plans that cover long-term care services, such as home attendant services or nursing home care.
CSS estimates that nearly 30 percent of official New York State criminal records contain at least one error. Fixing these errors—and getting a complete understanding of the corrected criminal record—can help open doors to employment, housing, and stability that had previously been closed.
The impact of incarceration wreaks havoc on families, communities, and individual lives. CSS operates a trio of volunteer-based programs to help individuals and families rebuild after incarceration or detention.
Created in 1966 by the Community Service Society, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recruits, trains, and places volunteers at community-based organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
In 2008, CSS launched an innovative pilot program to test a new method of delivering crucial case management services to disconnected youth. Working in close partnership with workforce development programs, our case managers helped program participants clear any hurdle on the path to success. The WASI program pilot was completed in 2012.