Advocacy Resource Center (A.R.C.)

Effective March 17, 2020, we will be providing services to students via e-mail, telephone and other online modalities. If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at agonesh@qcc.cuny.edu, mbrito@qcc.cuny.edu, or agagliano@qcc.cuny.edu.


Welcome to the Advocacy Resource Center (ARC), formerly known as the Single Stop Program. 

At ARC we are committed to providing the same great services to our students and their family members.  

Here you will find information about the services offered and the tools to help students succeed at Queensborough Community College.


 

If you or your family are in need of public benefits, please contact our office for assistance.

List of benefits:

  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • Cash Assistance
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Fair Fares NYC
  • Housing/Rent Assistance

Contact Us

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 718.631.6347


Email Us

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statements

We strive to assist students who face the challenge of having to choose between college or life demands.We connect students to social service programs and resources to overcome these obstacles. The program provides free benefit screening, legal services, financial counseling, and tax preparation and filing.

Department Goals

Better utilization of existing resources to assist students in crisis mode.

Benefit Screening

Through a series of questions, Coordinators determine which NYC/State/Federal benefits a student and/or their family members are eligible to receive. Once determined, they will assist with the application process. For those already receiving benefits, we can help you manage your case (recertify, submit documents) and advocate on your behalf if you experience difficulties. We want to make the process easy and accessible.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formally known as food stamps)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. The program helps supplement the cost of their groceries with nutritious foods. Seeds and plants, which produce food, may also be purchased. Electronic benefits, that can be used like cash, are issued to purchase foods that can be prepared in the home.

We facilitate the application process, including New applications, Recertifications, Periodic Reports, and Change Reports. We also provide documentation assistance, benefit maintenance, and advocacy when necessary.

Health Insurance - Affordable Care Act - ACA

Through New York State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace, individuals and families can compare and enroll in health coverage. It is the only place to get financial assistance provided by the federal government to lower the cost of your health coverage. Insurance affordability programs include: Medicaid, Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan, and more. We collaborates with Navigators to assist students with the enrollment process.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - TANF

Eligible families may receive up to 60 months of federally funded cash assistance under theTemporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF). Single individuals without children may receive benefits under the New York State Safety Net Program (SNP). If you're eligible you may qualify for additional benefits.

Home Energy Assistance Program - HEAP

This federally funded program is administered by New York State's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. This seasonal grant is offered to eligible households. It helps low income homeowners and renters with the cost of heating their home. This program also assists homeowners with repairing and replacing heating equipment.

*Households receiving SNAP benefits will automatically receive a HEAP grant each year once you enroll in the HEAP program.

Childcare Assistance - CCP

There are many types of child care programs in New York State. Quality programs provide care in a warm, safe and friendly setting. Quality programs provide activities that help children learn and develop. No one type of program is necessarily better than any other type of program. You are the best judge of which program will meet your needs and your child's needs. Stop in our office today and ask about the different childcare options that may be available to you.

For students seeking housing, clink on the link below to read "Apartment Hunting Tips" to learn about the common ways to find an apartment in New York City:

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/renters/additional-resources-for-apartment-seekers.page

In addition, before seeking a new place, meet with our Financial Coach to discuss how much you should budget/save to make your move stress free.

WIC Program - Women, Infants, Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods including: low-fat or fat-free milk, whole grains and cereals, vegetables and fruits, baby food, cheese, peanut butter, beans, and breastfeeding support or formula to low- income pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five.

WIC has been shown to improve the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of essential nutrients that are often missing from the diets of women and young children.

Millions of New Yorkers struggle with food insecurity. Additionally, in the nation, 1 out of every 6 Americans experiences hunger.

  • To address the need within our student community, Queensborough Community College established a Food Pantry. If you would like to take a bag of groceries home, the Food Pantry is available to help. Please visit us for assistance.  QCC Food Pantry
  • An off campus, community food pantry is a small front line agency that hands out packages of food, which they receive from food banks, directly to people in need. Students who are having difficulty purchasing groceries may also visit food pantries in their neighborhood. To locate a food pantry or soup kitchen in your community follow one of the links below:

*You may need to provide a photo ID

Financial Coaching:

Are you worried about managing your day to day bills? Problems with Credit Cards? Do you know your Credit Score(s)? The Financial Counselor can help answer these questions and much more. Our goal is to work with students and/or their family members to access banking and financial products, build their credit score, and assist with long term financial planning. Make an appointment to meet with a Financial Coach for the following:

  • Build and understand credit
  • Obtain tips and strategies to establish and repair your credit
  • Create a budget plan to save for the future
  • Learn how to avoid fraud and identity theft and more!

To schedule an appointment for a phone conference please call 718-631-6347  be sure to include your name, phone number, and CUNY ID number.

Tax Services:

Free Tax Preparation and Filing

 Representatives from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will help you prepare and e-file your income tax return virtually during a webinar Zoom session at no cost.

Zoom sessions using the Facilitated Self-Assistance Model will be held every Wednesday and Friday, starting February 17th, 2021 and ending on April 14, 2021

• If you earned $72,000 or less in 2020, you qualify
• Safe and secure online tax software
• Tax Department employees will walk you through your income tax returns, step-by-step – as you complete your own tax return. It’s quick and easy!
• Use your own lap-top, desktop or tablet
• Must have access to a smart phone or webcam to verify identity
• You only need basic computer skills and an active e-mail account

*Pre-registration is required, call us at 718-631-6347 or email us at ARC@qcc.cuny.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Tax Transcripts:

          Coordinators can facilitate the process of requesting and obtaining a copy of the student's tax transcript for purposes of the Financial Aid Application (FASFA)

 

FREE Legal Services

Legal Services 

If you or your immediate family is in need of legal Assistance, please contact us at 718-631-6347 or by email at: agonesh@qcc.cuny.edu or mbrito@qcc.cuny.edu 

We will refer you to an Attorney that will assist with the following:

  • Bankruptcy Filling
  • Family Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Debt Collection
  • Loan Modification
  • Benefits Eligibility
  • Foreclosure Defenses
  • Immigration

 

 

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