Job Centers: While you are working toward getting a permanent job, you may need additional financial assistance. Job Centers offer temporary financial assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid to individuals who qualify for Public Assistance. The Union Square Job Center (109 E. 16th Street, Manhattan) specializes in helping individuals with special needs. For a complete list of Job Center locations throughout New York City and contact information, see:
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly cash payments to people with disabilities for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. You may be eligible for SSI if you have a disability and receive limited income. A disability is defined as any physical or mental impairment that results in the inability to do any substantial, paid work and that has lasted or can be expected to last for over 12 months.
Your parents may have received SSI on your behalf before you entered foster care. If you are 18 or older, you may qualify to receive SSI yourself. You will need to be reassessed for eligibility when you turn 18 because the definition of disability is different for children and adults. Under most circumstances, you will not be able to receive SSI until you leave foster care. For more information on SSI, speak with your caseworker or call1-800-772-1213 to speak with a Social Security representative. You can also visit the Social Security website at: