Benefits Access

NMIC’s benefits team screens community members for eligibility for over 40 public benefits and assists with the application process. Staff secures $11.5 million each year in cash benefits.

What We Do:

Based on your eligibility and need, services can include:

  • Eligibility screening for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), medical insurance, Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE), unemployment insurance benefits, Lifeline, Safelink, and others.
  • Digital submission of SNAP application information through POS (Paperless Office System) to reduce required trips to the SNAP center.
  • Follow-up advocacy and case-management to ensure benefits are accessed and that clients receive the correct amount.
Who We Do it For:
  • New Yorkers living in all 5 boroughs for benefit screening. Applications will depend on eligibility for individual benefits.
How to Sign Up:

To be screened for benefits: 

  • Call our Benefits Hotline (929) 415 – 8745 on Mondays from 9 AM – 3 PM. First come, first served. 
  • Visit our Manhattan office at 45 Wadsworth Avenue, New York, NY 10033 for a walk-in on Tuesdays – Thursdays from 9 AM – 12 PM.

When you contact us, please have this information ready:

  • Government identification if you have it (e.g., a state ID or passport).
  • Proof of income (e.g., pay stubs, SSI/SSD award letter, HRA letter).
Contact Us:

Call our Benefits Hotline (929) 415 – 8745 on Mondays from 10 AM – 2 PM, or email Dale Reyes at with any questions.

For other questions, call us at 212-822-8300 or email us at


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