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2015 Policy Wrap Up: Screening Public Assistance Clients for Disabilities: A Promising, but Very Frustrating Development

After years of advocacy, OTDA finally chose a screening tool, the Modified Mini Screen (MMS), to identify public assistance applicants with menatl health conditions and other disabilities. Read More


Empire Justice Infographic: How New York's Asset Tests Keep People Poor

An interactive illustration of data from Empire Justice Center's report "Driven into Poverty: How New York's Asset Tests Keep People Poor." Read More


MEDIA ADVISORY: New Report Calls for Change to New York State Law that Drains the Equity Out of the Homes of Current and Former Public Assistance Recipients

Announcing the release of Empire Justice’s report, “Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability.” Read More


Empire Justice Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice file Motion for Enforcement and Contempt to enforce an Order compelling Nassau County to process benefits applications timely.

The Empire Justice Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, attorneys for the plaintiff class, filed a Motion for Enforcement and Contempt on their behalf in federal court on February 15, 2013, seeking to enforce an Order compelling Nassau County to process benefits applications timely. Read More


Public Benefit Eligibility of Deferred Action "Dreamers"

Residents of New York State who have been granted deferred action under the Obama Administration’s newly established “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program will be eligible for all New York State public benefits, provided they meet the benefit program’s non-immigrant related eligibility requirements. Read More


The Child Only Grant and Other Benefits for Non-Parent Caregivers

Empire Justice Center has partnered with the NYS Kinship Navigator to create a guide to "The Child Only Grant and Other Benefits for Non-Parent Caregivers." This guide is intended to assist relative caregivers and advocates in obtaining the child only grant and other public benefits. Read More


Columbia County Application Delay Lawsuit Settles

Earlier this year, the Empire Justice Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of those who had applied or attempted to apply for public assistance, food stamps and Medicaid in Columbia County against the Columbia County Department of Social Services. Read More


Your Legal Rights as an Applicant for Public Benefits

Your legal rights as an applicant for cash assistance, food stamps and Medicaid Read More


Application Delay Lawsuit Ends Long Lines and Processing Delays in Utica

In January of this year, the Empire Justice Center and Legal Services of Central New York filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of those who had applied or attempted to apply for public assistance, food stamps and Medicaid in Oneida County against the Oneida County Department of Social Services (OCDSS). Read More


Keeping Medicaid after Cash Public Assistance or SSI Benefits Are Terminated

Susie is 49 years old and single, with no children. She has been receiving cash public assistance and Medicaid for three years, while she appeals the denial of Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits ("SSD" or "DIB"). She finally was approved for SSD, and will start receiving $2000/month in SS DIB benefits each month. She will also receive a retroactive benefit of $48,000 because she was found to have been disabled as of two years ago. Read More