If you live in New York City (NYC) and receive food stamps benefits, an ACCESS HRA account will help you manage your benefits in one place. You can check the status of your case, file recertification, update your personal information, and more. In the article below, we will walk you through the step-by-step process on how to create NYC ACCESS HRA account. If you live in New York state but outside NYC, your food stamps are managed using the Mybenefits.ny.gov Account.
This process is for New York State residents who live in NYC. If you live outside of New York City, you have to log in to a different system that is used to manage food stamps benefits for the rest of New York State, called myBenefits New York.
If you already have an account and need help logging in, see our article – ACCESS HRA Login help.
Table of Contents:
- Benefits of ACCESS HRA Account
- How to Create ACCESS HRA Account
- Download ACCESS HRA Mobile App
- New York City Food Stamps FAQs
Benefits of ACCESS HRA Account
Having an ACCESS HRA account has many benefits. You can perform the following task online, as shown by the category below:
SNAP or Food Stamps
With an ACCESS HRA account, you can perform the following tasks online regarding the NYC SNAP program:
- Apply for SNAP
- Recertify your SNAP Benefits
- Report required information
- Make changes to your Case
Cash Assistance (CA)
Additionally, with your ACCESS HRA account, you can perform the following tasks online regarding the NYC Cash Assistance Program:
- Apply for SNAP
- Recertify your SNAP Benefits
- See details about “One Shot Deal”
- Make changes to your Case or Grant
Also, you can perform the following tasks online regarding the NYC Medicaid program with an online ACCESS HRA account:
- Print Renewal Documentation
Fair Fare NYC
Lastly, your ACCESS HRA account, you have the option to perform the following tasks online regarding the Fair Fare NYC program:
- Apply for Discount Fares
- Renew your Discount Fare approval
How to Create ACCESS HRA Account
To create your ACCESS HRA account, follow the steps we have outlined below:
Remember that this process is for residents of NYC. If you live outside NYC, click here for instructions on how to create a mybenefits.ny.gov account.
For NYC residents, continue reading below for steps to create your ACCESS HRA account.
Step 1 – Visit ACCESS HRA Website
To start creating your ACCESS HRA account, visit the ACCESS HRA account website at https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra.
Once you are on the homepage you will need to locate the “New to AHRA? Create Account” button, which is usually located in the middle part of the site (see image below).
Click on the “Create Account” button to proceed with the process.
Step 2 – Enter Information Requested
Next, you will be taken to a page like the one below where you will be required to enter the following information to create your account as shown below:
- Email Address or Username
- Select Security Question
After you have entered an email address/username and password, select a security question as shown below.
Next, agree to the “TERMS” by checking the box and click on the “CREATE ACCOUNT” link to finish the account creation process.
Step 3 – Login to View your account
Next, you will be taken to the page below, which is your indication that you have successfully created an ACCESS HRA account.
Click the “CONTINUE” button to log in to your new account, as shown below.
Download ACCESS HRA Mobile App
ACCESS HRA has a mobile app that is available for both Apple and Android devices.
With the ACCESS HRA mobile app, you can view:
- SNAP (Food Stamps) / Cash Assistance (CA) case status
- EBT balance
- Recent payments
- Upcoming appointments
- Documents on file
- Fair Fares NYC enrollment information
- Required documents for your SNAP (Food Stamps) or Cash Assistance (CA) case or Fair Fares NYC application
Additionally, you can upload requested documents as part of your application and recertification.
To download the ACCESS HRA app:
New York City Food Stamps FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions about the New York Food Stamps program:
How much will I get in Food Stamps in New York?
If you are approved for SNAP benefits, how much you will receive depends on your household size and net income.
The table below provides the maximum monthly benefit and the estimated average monthly benefit based on household size.
The amount you receive may differ from these amounts due to your income and other factors.
A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine your SNAP eligibility and benefit amount.
|Household Size||Maximum SNAP Benefit||Estimated Average Monthly Benefit|
|Each additional member||(+$188)|
What Documents Do I Need to Apply for New York SNAP?
To complete your SNAP application you may need to provide the following documentation:
- Proof of Identity (photo ID, birth certificate, Social Security card)
- Social Security numbers for all household members
- Birth certificates for all children in the household
- Proof of shelter expenses (rent receipt, lease, or mortgage)
- Bank statement(s)
- Proof of utility expenses (e.g., electricity bill)
- Child care expenses
- Proof of income (child support letter, SS benefits statement, pay stubs, SSI award letters, etc.)
- Medical bills (if you are disabled and/or senior)
Can You Use EBT Card Online at Stop and Shop?
Stop & Shop grocery store announced on August 26th, 2021 that it now accepts EBT online in New York.
Specifically, customers in New York and New Jersey using SNAP benefits now have the option to pay with an EBT card online Pickup and Delivery.
New York state SNAP recipients can now add their EBT card to their account on StopandShop.com and shop using their SNAP funds.
Additionally, while browsing online aisles, SNAP customers can sort products to show eligible items, and a “SNAP Eligible” label will appear within the product details.
At checkout, customers can select the “Apply SNAP Benefits” option and select the amount to charge to their EBT card, allowing personalized budgeting throughout the month.
However, they will need to use an alternative credit/debit card or checking account for any items not eligible for SNAP.
In addition, fees, taxes, or driver tips will have to be paid using an alternative credit/debit card or checking account.
Also, Stop & Shop Pickup orders are subject to a $2.95 fee.
Furthermore, Stop & Shop Delivery orders are subject to a delivery fee of $9.95 for orders less than $100 and $6.95 for orders greater than $100.
How to Create ACCESS HRA Account Summary
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Still Have Questions?
To apply for SNAP benefits in New York, click here: New York SNAP Eligibility Guide.
For New York Food Stamps Income Limit, click here: New York SNAP Income Limits.
If you have questions about New York EBT Card (CIBC), click here: New York EBT Card Guide.
For details on Restaurants that take food stamps in New York, click here: What Fast Food Restaurants Take SNAP in New York?
If you have further questions about New York EBT Card or SNAP benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out our other articles about New York Food Stamps New York EBT, including:
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