The NYC Department of Social Services recently announced that applications for their Fair Fares NYC program – which allows low-income individuals to receive half-priced MetroCards – is now open. Eligible applicants include New York City residents receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Benefits and those receiving Cash Assistance in addition to low-income CUNY students, student veterans, and select NYCHA residents.
Hunger Free America is a proud supporter of the Fair Fares NYC program and was among the initial community-based organizations to advocate for such an initiative. In 2012, our Food Action Board members shared their experiences with transportation as a financial barrier, and Hunger Free America staff members brought the issue to the City.
New York City residents can check their eligibility at nyc.gov/fairfares and can find answers to FAQs about the Fair Fares NYC program here. Eligible individuals can apply online or in person at a Fair Fares NYC office, which are located in all five boroughs.