Raíces Access Program
Sponsored by the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES


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Raíces Access
460 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Yvonne Cotto
Associate Director

Tel.  718-643-0232 x229
Fax. 718-643-8257

Email. Access@Raices.US



One of the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES’ major accomplishments was the development of RAICES Access Program in 1985.  A model program on the application of the principles of cultural competency as means by which to reach underserved  minority populations and thereby increase access to aging services. 

The services provided through RAICES Access Program includes Case Assistance, Outreach Services, and Information.  RAICES Access Program assists in securing all major benefits/entitlements. These include Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, Senior Housing issues, Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Elder Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), Life-Line, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Crime Board, and Real Property Tax Credit (IT-214).  

The staff provides each client with the information requested and sets up appointments and/or refers client to appropriate community or governmental agencies.  To help clients secure services, RAICES provides case assistance, translations and interpretation services, escort services and individual client advocacy services. 

The facility is ADA compliant and is housed in a safe, convenient, and accessible location in the downtown section of Brooklyn.

RAICES Access Program’s methods have proven successful due to the program’s ability to reach and establish rapport with targeted under-served populations.  This is accomplished through the commitment of a dedicated staff which is able to provide culturally competent services and provide bilingual services to the populations targeted.