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Cash Assistance: Policy Advocacy

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Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off their grant by participation in workfare, it's only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the Impact of Poverty on Senior Citizens
Empire Justice testimony for the joint Assembly Aging and Social Services Committees on how asset tests are causing seniors to bankrupt themselves in order to get temporary assistance. Read More

Empire Justice Memo on EBT Restriction: Support the Governor’s Article VII Proposal with Added Client Protections
Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal includes legislation that would impose new limitations on the use of the cash assistance Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This is intended to comply with recently enacted federal requirements. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Ensure that Welfare Recipients are Not Punished for Being Disabled
Far too often, public assistance clients are sanctioned for non-compliance with work-related activities, yet the non-compliance is due to a unknown disability, child care problem or transportation difficulties. Empire Justice Center supports A.2669/S.4830, which will protect against unwarranted sanctions due to a disability. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Human Services
Empire Justice testimony at the Human Services Joint Budget Hearing on February 4, 2014. Read More

Memorandum of Support: Amend Social Services Law § 106 to Protect the Homes of Welfare Recipients
New York is one of only two states in the nation that takes deeds and mortgages against the homes of welfare recipients to recover the public assistance paid to these homeowners. This bill would exempt persons who own and reside in one, two or three family homes from this archaic provision. If the goal of New York’s public assistance policy is to restore individuals to self-sufficiency, then it is time to pass this bill! Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Fully Disclose that Public Assistance is a Debt
This bill takes an important first step towards clear notification to recipients of public assistance that the cash assistance they receive is a debt owed to New York State. While we support this legislation, we believe the bill should go further to advise public assistance recipients of their related rights, and to require that local districts acknowledge these rights as well. Read More

Provide Protecton and Fairness for People with Disabilities: Screening and Accomodation for Public Benefits Clients
Empire Justice Center proposes that local social services districts across New York State offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for disabilities, to ensure that needed accommodations and access to benefits are granted. Read More

Empire Justice Comments on Revised Regulations regarding Fair Hearing Defaults
OTDA Revised Regulations regarding Fair Hearing Defaults: Empire Justice Center comments support expansion of time frames for reopening but urge removal of time limit entirely; and express concern about restrictions imposed on Appellants represented by lay advocates. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Repeal The 185% Earned Income Cap
When New York State passed its welfare reform initiative in 1997, working families on public assistance were promised that they could earn their way to the poverty level with the state’s enhanced earnings disregards. Read More

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