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About Community Benefits Support

The HCZ Community Benefits Support program facilitates access for Harlem residents to government resources and provides free legal services and financial counseling.

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Counseling at the Community Benefits Support office.

Through a range of social services programs, our culturally-responsive team helps families fulfill concrete needs and overcome barriers impacting their financial health. We also support residents through the benefit screening, enrollment, and recertification processes.

Enrollment support is offered for the following city-wide services via ACCESS HRA (provider portal):

  • SNAP and TANF (cash and non-cash benefits and referrals, food stamps)
  • Medicaid
  • WIC
  • SSI/SSD: Supplemental Security Income
  • Free or low-cost health insurance enrollment
  • Community referrals
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Utility assistance
  • Immigration support, including potential fee waivers
  • Eviction prevention support (assistance and recertification support)
  • SCRIE: Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, a program that can freeze rents for senior citizens living in rent-stabilized housing in New York City
  • DRIE
  • FEPS
  • One-shot deals coordination and referrals
  • Section 8
  • Free legal counseling for civil cases (housing eviction, immigration, employment, and custody issues), offered through Legal Aid Society, Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm
Community benefits support coordinator Charles Trimble wears a hat and smiles at the bottom of a staircase
Community benefits support coordinator Charles Trimble wears a hat and smiles at the bottom of a staircase

Meet a Member of Our Team

Charles Trimble

“The key is giving people what they need,  when they need it.” So captures Senior Coordinator Charles Trimble’s commitment to the community.

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Have questions? Want to learn more? We’re here to help. Contact us for a referral, appointment, or consultation.  Or you can drop by our office.

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