Social Services & Benefits

If you have no income, health insurance, or have difficulty providing food for your family, The West Side Commons can help!

Our Family Services program will help you:

Assess your eligibility for food stamps, medicaid and cash assistance for NYC Department of Social Services.

Assist you in the application and recertification process for benefits you are eligible to receive.

Advocate for you when benefits are interrupted or not granted in error.

To request assistance and schedule an appointment with our staff, complete our Request for Assistance form.

If you have an emergency (eviction, no food, shut off notice) you can call our hotline at  212-874-7272 leave your phone number and a brief description of your problem and someone will get back to you within two hours.

You can also email:


Some of the resources we will help you access include:

Health & Nutrition Benefits: Screening, Assistance & Advocacy

Public Assistance: Screening, Assistance & Advocacy