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Temporary Assistance - Eligibility

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Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for a Temporary Assistance benefit, individuals and families will be subject to income and resource tests. Benefit levels vary depending on household size, available income and expenses. Please keep in mind that you may NOT be eligible for benefits if you do not meet guidelines set by New York State.


Resource Limit

Generally the amount of real and personal property, including cash, savings accounts and checking accounts which a household can own and still qualify for Temporary Assistance is $2000. However, a household in which any member is age 60 or over can own up to $3000 in resources. Resources that are exempt include:

  • A home which is the usual residence of the household.
  • Basic maintenance items essential to day-to-day living.
  • One burial plot per household member, and one funeral agreement per household member up to an equity value of $1,500 per household member.
  • There are special rules for automobiles though generally most of their value is exempt.



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