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Food Stamps

All about the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program.

ARTICLES

Fair Hearing of the Month
Fair Hearing #6771100N (September 15, 2014)
Burden on Agency to produce a service plan before discontinuing public assistance benefits to parent whose children are in foster care. Read More

Updated SNAP budget worksheets for New York State
We have updated our SNAP budget worksheet to reflect the increased income guidelines and deductions that become effective October 1, 2014. Note that the thrifty food plan amounts(maximum allotments) and standard utility allowances (SUAs) are increasing too. Read More

New Law Makes the Rules regarding Welfare Mortgages Clear and Provides Transparency and Accountability
The 2014-15 New York State budget contains Article VII legislation that amends SSL 106 to clearly state that HEAP, child care and SNAP cannot be charged against welfare mortgages. Read More


Food Stamps: Articles



IN THE NEWS

Empire Justice Center & Legal Services of Central New York Applaud Oneida County Department of Social Services for Successful Completion of Court-Mandated Monitoring
Empire Justice Center and Legal Services of Central New York are pleased to announce the conclusion of a three year period of supervised monitoring involving the Oneida County Department of Social Services (“OCDSS”), which was ordered as part of a settlement agreement in the case of Howard v. Soldato, a class action filed in December of 2010 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo Announcement that New York State Will Preserve $457 Million in Snap Benefits for 300,000 Households
Empire Justice Center wants to thank Governor Cuomo for his decisive action in ensuring that over 300,000 low income New Yorkers do not lose access to critical nutrition assistance. Read More


Food Stamps: In the News



POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Comments on the Request for Information on SNAP High Performance Bonuses
Here in New York, there are ongoing, rampant due process violations in the fraud investigations/disqualification process. Many counties are extremely aggressive in pursuing fraud, yet it appears that the fraud and/or SNAP staff do not seem to understand SNAP eligibility rules. Read More

Empire Justice Comments to OTDA on Needs Assessment for 2014-2015 state Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) plan
Our comments to OTDA on the HEAP 2014-15 Needs Assessment. Read More


Food Stamps: Policy Advocacy



PUBLICATIONS

Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability
This report provides an comprehensive analysis of New York’s use of Social Services Law §106, which allows Social Services Districts to recover public assistance paid to individuals who own their own homes, by taking a mortgage against the recipient’s property. The report also chronicles the legal background of the practice, the interplay between this policy and the push for foreclosure prevention, the need for detailed record keeping, and makes recommendations to ensure that debt is recovered against these mortgages only in the appropriate situations and for the correct amount. Read More

 

Time to Leave Finger Prints Behind
Across the country, all but two states, Arizona and New York, have abandoned the costly and problematic fraud prevention tool in conjunction with the Food Stamp program. Read More

 

Food Stamps: Publications



NEWSLETTERS

Policy Matters: September 2012
In between juggling children’s summer camps and activities, taking vacations and attending family reunions, Empire Justice Center staff members did a lot of policy work this past summer. We are happy to share what we did in this issue of Policy Matters. Read More

Policy Matters: June 2012
What an incredible year. We are so happy and proud to be able to share with you the great things Empire Justice advocates helped achieve during the course of this legislative session. These accomplishments will help and protect low income New Yorkers, individuals impacted by domestic violence, families facing foreclosure, and those who need, but cannot afford, an attorney to figure out how the law affects their fundamental human needs. Read More


Food Stamps: Newsletters



TRAINING AND EVENTS

Collateral Consequences of Attorney Fee Awards, Cash Settlements or Damages
This session identifies the potential impact of damage awards, cash settlements and attorney fee awards on tax liability, means tested benefits, and vulnerability to creditors. It provides an example of an award in a Fair Labor Standards Act case involving a public assistance recipient who has participated in workfare, and covers the use of Supplemental Needs Trusts to protect cash settlements and awards Read More

Representing Clients with Disabilities in the Welfare Context: How to Use the Law to Help Clients with Disabilities Access Public Benefits
This session first offers tips for recognizing and working with clients with disabilities. Then, it will also provide an overview of the legal framework for disability advocacy in the welfare context. Finally, it examines selected welfare issues and how they impact clients with disabilities. This will include, for example, reasonable accommodations, the application process, the work requirements and the rules relating to drug and alcohol use. This session examines both administrative advocacy and litigation. Read More


Food Stamps: Trainings & Events