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Empire Justice Press Release: New Yorkers Driven into Poverty by Shortsighted Policy

Today, Empire Justice Center released “Driven into Poverty: How New York’s Asset Tests Keep People Poor,” a report documenting the problems with various “asset tests” imposed by New York State on public assistance applicants. Read More

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

Empire Justice Center Paralegal Discusses Farm Bill and Food Stamps (State of Politics)

Cathy Roberts, a Senior Paralegal at the Empire Justice Center, joined us to talk about cuts to SNAP benefits. Read More

Homeowners fight to end mortgage liens for those receiving public assistance (TWC News)

As some New Yorkers face tough financial times and seek public assistance, social service districts have sought to recover funds paid to homeowners by taking a mortgage lien against their property. Read More

Advocates question ‘welfare liens’ (Time Union)

A group of advocates for the poor are looking to overhaul the little-known system of ”welfare liens” that still exist in New York, which they say is one of just two states (Connecticut being the other) that still has such a policy. Read More

Empire Justice Center's new report on public assistance mortgages (TWC News)

Empire Justice Center's new report on public assistance mortgages Read More

New Report Documents the Costs of Public Assistance Liens on Low-Income New Yorkers and the Critical Need for Repeal or Reform

Today, Empire Justice Center published a report describing and quantifying the hidden costs of public assistance for recipients who own homes. The report, “Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability,” 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. Read More

Capitol Pressroom- November 25, 2013 (WCNY- Capitol Pressroom)

Ken Stephens of the Legal Aid Society and Bryan Hetherington of the Empire Justice Center discuss an $80 million class action settlement that will help offset federal cuts in SNAP. Read More

Settlement helps offset fed food stamp cuts (The Daily Record)

Tens of thousands of low-income households across New York state that were improperly cut off or denied food stamps are now being issued retroactive benefits as a result of a federal class action lawsuit filed against the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Read More