New Tool Available!
Recently, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) launched a new service called myBenefits. This on-line tool allows New Yorkers to find out if they may qualify for work support benefits and other programs from any computer with internet access. People can find out if they might qualify for Food Stamps, the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, and school lunch programs without making a trip to their local department of social services. Screening for eligibility for other OTDA programs will be added over time.
In mid-2009, myBenefits will be expanded to allow people to apply for Food Stamps on-line. On-line application is currently being piloted in several upstate counties, and will include 11 counties by the fall. Pilot counties are Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Oneida, Jefferson, Tompkins, Onondaga, Erie, Suffolk, Westchester and Chautauqua. Following the pilot period, on-line application will be expanded to all upstate counties. For more information on myBenefits, visit their website.
New York City is developing its own on-line application system, so this service will be available state-wide.