Government Benefits

All New Yorkers should have equal and fair access to government benefits, such as SNAP and child care subsidies. This is not always the case, however. Empire Justice Center’s government benefits staff help New Yorkers access various programs, including federal disability benefits and cash assistance, amongst others. We also provide technical assistance and training, take referrals for complex cases, and engage in policy advocacy. When necessary, we engage in impact litigation to tackle systemic barriers to accessing benefits.