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.
When disaster strikes and the community is not prepared, it can lead to devastating economic turmoil and grief. The Emergency Preparedness Speakers Bureau ensures that New Yorkers are prepared in emergencies including terrorist attacks, severe weather, house fires, and more.
Success at reading is fundamental to success in school, yet there are few proven methods for helping young children who have fallen behind. In response, CSS launched a pioneering, data-driven program that has helped thousands of New York City's children succeed in school.
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 uses a dedicated team of Health Advocates to bring CSS’s health insurance enrollment and post-enrollment navigational assistance to individuals residing in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing in East and Central Harlem.
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.
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.