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Community Guide to HRA Public Benefits for Immigrants

Submitted by CCPH on August 23, 2016 at 6:58pm.
Get Healthy Heights Columbia Community Partnership for Health

Many immigrants in New York City are able to use a wide range of services. The list below includes services that are available to New York City residents regardless of immigration status. Some of these services are provided by HRA; others are not. There may also be other

To find out more about the services below, call 311.
Safety and Well-Being
•Police and fire protection
•Poison control hotline
•Consumer fraud protection through the Department of Consumer Affairs
•Protection of the Commission on Human Rights against discrimination
•Department of Parks and Recreation services and facilities
•Public transportation Health & Human Services
•Children under 19 are eligible for health insurance under the State’s Child Health Plus program
•Adults may be eligible for coverage for the treatment of emergency medical conditions under the Medicaid program
•Emergency medical care, including ambulance service
•Prenatal care for pregnant women through the Medicaid program
•Women who received Medicaid for prenatal care can receive free planning services after their pregnancy ends through the Family Planning Extension Program
•Health care is available at public hospitals (NYC’s Health and Hospital Corporation, or HHC) and federally-qualified community health centers
•Domestic violence support services
•HIV testing and counseling
•Emergency shelter
•Food assistance services
•Child welfare and foster care services
•School breakfast and lunch programs
•Senior services and senior center programs of the Department for the Aging Education
•Public school education
•Public library services and special events

For more information:

• HRA’s Website:
• HRA Infoline: 718-557-1399
• NYC 311
(Benefits screenings and applications – Available in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Haitian-Creole, and Korean)
• Language Gateway:
(NYC program information in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian)
• New York State Immigration Hotline: 212-419-3737


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