Community Services

Our Community Services program offers support in times of crisis with services that address basic needs. The program combines a food pantry with the resources of a Benefits Access Program and Advocacy Clinic to help families move toward stability.

Our Benefits Access (formerly Single Stop) Program, our Health Insurance Enrollment Program, and our ActionNYC Immigration Legal Services Program are operating using a hybrid model with in-person, video conferencing, and phone contacts.

Impact Statement

$ 0 M

Secured in Tax Refunds for over 2,600 Residents

$ 0 M

Secured in Public Benefits for 1,155 Residents

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Meals provided by Food Pantry

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Immigrants connected to legal services

Free resources at our Community Services Program include:

  • Food pantry with emergency food packages including dry and canned goods and fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.
    • CFL’s Food Pantry hours: Tuesday through Thursday: 1 pm – 4pm.
      First come, first serve while supplies last.
      Monday & Friday: By appointment only.
  • Benefits Access Program (Formerly Single Stop) offers benefits screenings and application assistance for SNAP/Food Stamps and WIC, health insurance, unemployment, housing, disability, and other benefits.
  • Healthcare Representatives provide assistance with healthcare programs like Qualified Health Plan, Child Health Plus and Medicare.
  • Advocacy Clinic provides assistance with issues such as public benefits, healthcare, housing, utilities, taxes and immigration.
  • Legal services for immigration, family, housing, bankruptcy, and education.
  • Financial counseling, including credit reports, credit counseling and debt management, reduction in credit card payments, settlements, student loan financing, and identity theft.
  • Self-Employed Tax Program (SETP) offers year-round free resources including specialized tax prep, workshops and group sessions, one-on-one consultations, toolkits and more. If you work for yourself as a freelancer, gig worker, or small business owner, you need to file taxes annually and make estimated payments quarterly. Our Tax Preparers are here to help.
  • Free VITA tax-filing services are available to families with incomes of $85,000/year or less in 2023 and individuals with incomes of $59,000/year or less in 2023. In-person services are available by appointment only from January 24th-April 15th in 2024.
    • Appointments at CFL’s main office (443 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232) are available during the following days/times: Tuesday-Friday: 11am-7pm; Saturday: 9am-4pm. Please click the following link to book an appointment at this site: https://bit.ly/CFLSUNSET
    • Appointments at our new site (6025 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220) are available during the following days/times: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm-7pm. Please click the following link to book an appointment at this site: https://bit.ly/CFLSUPPORT
    • If you would like to file your taxes yourself online for free, you can use OLT linked here: https://www.olt.com/main/vita/getstarted.asp?affiliate=VITAFREE&linkID=S12091045
    • If you have any questions or concerns, you can call 929-480-7127 for additional information.
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Impact Statement

$ 0 M

Secured in Tax Refunds for 2,500 Residents

$ 0 M

Secured in Public Benefits for 2,500 Residents

0

Meals provided by Food Pantry

0

Immigrants connected to legal services