City Agencies

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), in operation since 1972, works to ensure that New Yorkers with disabilities can lead happy, healthy and productive lives. The MOPD staff works hand-in-hand with other City offices and over 50 agencies to ensure that the voice of the disabled community is represented and that City programs and policies address the needs of people with disabilities. The office provides information on accessible programs, accessible transportation, employment, health services, activities and other resources to the over 800,000 New Yorkers with disabilities and the millions of people with disabilities visiting New York City every year.

Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development promotes quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. The agency requires that all HPD-financed housing meets design standards for accessibility, and ensures that a percentage of new and rehabilitated affordable units are set aside for people with mobility, hearing, and vision disabilities. Each year, we also finance thousands of units of supportive housing, which is created specifically for homeless people with disabilities.

Human Resources Administration (HRA)

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) is the Department of Social Services for New York City. We provide essential programs that help families and individuals with economic and social service needs. Services include the SNAP Benefits & Food Program, Cash Assistance, Adult Protective Services, Child Support Services, Domestic Violence Support, Employment Services, Energy Assistance, Health Assistance including Medicaid and Home Care, HIV/AIDS Services, and Homelessness Prevention. All of these programs are available to eligible people with disabilities. We encourage anyone who needs help to ask for needed accommodations when applying for or participating in any of our programs.

City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)

The City Commission on Human Rights protects individuals against discrimination by enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law. The Commissions’ Project Equal Access Program helps people with disabilities get reasonable accommodations (ramps, lifts, etc.) without having to go through litigation at their Law Enforcement Bureau. Individuals also have the option to file a complaint as well.