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A comprehensive guide to over 70 city, state and federal public benefit programs including Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, tax credits, child care, etc. Organized by subject with colored tabs to separate headings. Each program section lists eligibility criteria, application and appeals procedures, advocacy tips, local offices with telephone numbers and resources for additional information. Also included in the manual are counseling tools such as a benefit screening chart, interviewing tips and documentation checklists.
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"...a well developed resource for entitlement counselors. Its comprehensive, clear and well-organized contents is an asset to anyone trying to make sense of the complexity of government benefits programs. Low income persons, as well as all New Yorkers, will benefit from this outstanding manual designed to help the needy."
The Honorable Ruth Messinger
Manhattan Borough President
"...a helpful, authoritative and sorely needed resource both for experienced and novice entitlement counselors who must understand the complicated bureaucracy of government benefit programs. It will enable them to become more effective and more rigorous advocates for all those who are entitled to government benefits which they despately need and deserve."
Ronald A. Feldman, Dean
Columbia University School of Social Work
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