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Updated SNAP Budget Worksheets for New York State

Updated SNAP (food stamps) budget worksheet from Hunger Solutions New York, with previous years’ worksheets from Empire Justice Center. Read More

TANF at 20: Blog Series

Since 1973, some incarnation of Empire Justice Center has been fighting for low income and disenfranchised New Yorkers' rights. We've seen many changes and weathered many storms, including the so-called "welfare reform" of 1996. The advent of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 brought us the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant, for better or for worse. Twenty plus years later, New York families are still living in poverty. We present to you our perspectives on TANF at 20. 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

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

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

“Richard C” retroactive SNAP payments went out the weekend of Nov. 15th!

This weekend, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is issuing restored SNAP benefits to tens of thousands of households across New York State, in accordance with the “Richard C v Proud” class action court settlement. Read More

Food Stamp Eligibility Expanded for Families with Child Care Expenses

Higher income guidelines mean that more working families with dependent care expenses are now eligible for food stamps. If you don’t get food stamps now, you may qualify even if you were denied in the past. Read More

The Hunger Cliff

Representatives in Washington are targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), with a one-two punch of across-the-board benefit reductions scheduled for November and even deeper cuts in Farm Bill proposals. Regardless of politics, these cuts are not just cruel — they’re bad business. 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

Long Island Needs D-SNAP Now!

D-SNAP would quickly bring millions of additional federal food stamp dollars to Long Island. Read More