There is no way to become an "emancipated minor" through the New York court system, but young people often hear about being emancipated. If you are at least 16 years old, it may be possible for you to live on your own and receive public assistance (home relief). You must be able to prove to a public assistance worker that you live apart from your family, that you have your own place to live, and that you are not receiving and do not need any foster care services.
If you have left foster care and you need to know more about how to live on your own and receive public assistance, call The Door or your lawyer. The Door is a center for young people ages 12-21. The Door is open Monday-Friday from 2–8PM. You can contact The Door at 212-941- 9090. All information and services at The Door are confidential between you and The Door staff.
555 Broome Street
Between 6th Avenue and Varick Street