But wading through the system's maze of paperwork and appointments is an intimidating, confusing process that can result in hunger, hardship, and even homelessness.
In response, the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center joined forces with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and design studio All Other Services to release Your Guide to Welfare in NYC, a dynamic fold-out poster that breaks down how to apply for and keep public assistance.
Your Guide to Welfare in NYC, dubbed "the most important handout needy New Yorkers need" by Next City, is the first guide of its kind to present all of the information public assistance applicants need together in one place. Each part of the process is visualized in easy-to-follow steps, including the kind of documents needed to apply and what to expect at benefits appointments.
Support for Your Guide to Welfare in NYC was provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, A Blade of Grass, the North Star Fund, and public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.
Our Launch Event
On April 30, 2015, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, All Other Services, and our Safety Net Action Council helped announce "Your Guide to Welfare in NYC" at the Waverly Public Assistance Center in Manhattan.