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How to Create NYC ACCESS HRA Account

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 Account.

This login process is for New York State residents you 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.

This Post will Cover:

  • Benefits of ACCESS HRA Account
  • How to Create NYC ACCESS HRA Account

"How to Create NYC ACCESS HRA Account"

Benefits of ACCESS HRA Account

You can use the ACCESS HRA account online for the following task:

    • Apply for Benefits (SNAP, Medicaid and Cash Assistance)
    • Continue a Saved Application
    • Submit Documents that have been requested to Support your Application
    • Get the Status of your Submitted Application
    • Recertify Your Existing Benefits
    • Report Changes in your information that may impact your Benefits
    • Review your Case Record
    • See the Benefits you’ve been approved for (e.g. SNAP, Cash Assistance etc.)
    • Submit SNAP Periodic Report
    • See Past and Upcoming Appointments
    • See HRA Payments made to your EBT Card or to third parties

How to Create NYC ACCESS HRA Account

There are three steps to follow to create NYC ACCESS HRA account.

Step 1 
The first step in creating an account is to visit the ACCESS HRA website and click on the “Create Account” link as shown below.

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Step 2

Once you click on the “Create Account” link, you will be taken to a page like the one below where you will be asked to enter information to create your account.

The first set of information you will have to enter is:

  • Email Address or Username
  • Password
  • Name

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Next, you will be asked to select security questions that will be used to help you log back into your account in case you forget your password. Select the three questions you are likely to remember the answers to.

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Once you are done selecting the three questions, click on the “CREATE ACCOUNT”


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Step 3

The final step is to confirm your email address. Check your email account. You will receive an email from ACCESS HRA asking you to confirm your email address.

Click on the link provided to confirm your email address. This step is required to complete the account creation process. Once you have successfully completed this step, you will see a confirmation like the one below.

"NYC ACCESS HRA account set up"
Congratulations!!! You have successfully created an ACCESS HRA account. Click on the “CONTINUE” link to be taken to the login page to log into your ACCESS HRA account.

You will be taken to a page like there one below where you can log in (using the username or email address and password you entered to create the account).

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Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.



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