The Displaced Homemaker Program serves people who have been displaced from their careers as unpaid homemakers.
- Crisis intervention
- Referral to community service agencies
- Assertiveness training
- Decision-making training
- Resume writing
- Job search strategies
- Job clubs
Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bond insurance coverage for businesses who hire high-risk jobseekers. This includes:
- People with poor credit
- Persons who lack a work history
- Veterans with a dishonorable discharge
- People with addictions in recovery
- Economically disadvantaged youth
To find out more, contact your Local New York State Career Center.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
If you are a job seeker and a member of one of the target groups listed below, a business who hires you may be eligible to receive a federal tax credit. This tax credit may be the driving force for the business to hire you for the job. You may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit if you fall within one of these eight groups:
- Qualified recipient of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or its predecessor AFDC
- Qualified veteran who is receiving Food Stamps
- Qualified ex-felon, hired no later than 1 year after conviction or release from prison
- High-risk youth, aged 18-24 who resides in a federally designated Empowerment Zone, Renewal Community or Rural Renewal County
- Vocational Rehabilitation Referral
- Qualified summer youth aged 16-17 who resides in an Empowerment Zone or Renewal Community and works for this business between May 1 and September 15
- Qualified recipient of Food Stamps aged 18-39
- Qualified recipient of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
In addition, long-term recipients of TANF (or AFDC) may qualify their employers for the Long Term Family Assistance - WOTC Tax Credit. A business may be eligible for a Temporary Family Assistance Tax Credit if the employee has received TANF (or AFDC) for 18 consecutive months prior to the hire date.
If you believe you are a member of any of the above groups, there may be tax credits available to the business that hires you. This means you can give an extra incentive to hire you.
For more information, contact your local New York State Career Center.
Persons with Disabilities
Disability Employment Initiative
We operate this federally funded disability employment service in our New York State Career Centers. We provide seamless Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services and accessibility for everyone served in our Career Centers, including individuals with disabilities.
ACCES-VR provides the following services to persons with disabilities:
- Transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services
- Vocational rehabilitation services for working age individuals with disabilities
- Independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages
- Business services for hiring a qualified diverse workforce
ACCES-VR is a partner of the New York State Department of Labor. Contact your Local New York State Career Center for more information.
Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011
The TAA program helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. It offers a variety of benefits and services, including:
- Job training
- Income support
- Job search and relocation allowances
- A tax credit to help pay the costs of health insurance
- Wage supplement for certain re-employed trade-affected workers 50 years of age and older
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
For assistance conducting an effective job search, contact your local New York State Career Center.
The Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights (BIWR) helps immigrant workers use the many programs and services we offer. There are offices in New York City and in Albany and they travel all over the state to inform immigrants about their labor rights.
You may qualify for temporary assistance. Visit myBenefits.ny.gov from any computer with Internet access. You can do it from your home, the local library or a New York State Career Center. On the site, you can do a five-minute, confidential self-assessment of your income and family situation. The site then lists programs that may help you and tells you where and how to apply in your area. You may qualify for programs such as:
- Food Stamps
- Home energy assistance
- Earned Income Tax Credits
- Child and dependent care credits
- Family Health Plus
- Child Health Plus
- Temporary Assistance
- School lunch programs
2-1-1 and 3-1-1 Referrals to Local Community Resources
Every hour, someone in New York State needs essential services, but people often don't know where to turn. The United Way advises you to pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 (or 3-1-1 in the New York City area) to get answers and help. Or, visit http://www.211ny.org/ or www.nyc.gov/311. Some of the many services include transportation, housing, social services, health and medicine.
Live in New York City?
ACCESS NYC is a free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State, and Federal human service benefit programs. You may use this service anonymously or you can create an account. Some ACCESS NYC programs require users to create an account.
Consumer Protection Services
Get free help from the Consumer Protection Board on:
- Loan modification scams
- Foreclosure counseling
- Consumer rights when it comes to debt collectors and abusive debt collection practices
- Connecting consumers with low-income programs that utilities offer
- Resolving consumer complaints
- New credit card reforms and how to avoid abusive credit card offers
- Financial literacy, such as: credit vs. debt, choosing a credit card, how to read a credit report, payday loans, repossession of merchandise and rent to own
- Call the hotline at (800) 697-1220
Housing and Urban Development
- Have your finances changed due to a mortgage payment increase, loss of job, divorce, medical expenses, increase in taxes or other reason?
- Can you manage your credit card debt?
- Are you using your credit cards to buy groceries?
- Is it harder to pay all your monthly bills on time?
If you find it hard to make your house payment each month:
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