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Food Stamps: Publications

Driven into Poverty: How New York's Asset Tests Keep People Poor
Empire Justice Center’s new report, “Driven into Poverty: How New York’s Asset Tests Keep People Poor” explores the need for policy change that recognizes that it’s counter-intuitive to make people who have scrimped, saved and pinched pennies for the future impoverish themselves to get the temporary help they need to make ends meet. Read More

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

Immigrant Eligibility Handbook
The rules governing the eligibility of individuals who are not citizens of the United States for federal or state public benefits, including medical assistance, are complicated. They are also subject to change. This manual addresses the immigrant eligibility rules of the various health care programs in New York as they existed in December of 2008. Read More

An Advocates Guide to Welfare Work Rules
As a condition of receiving public assistance in New York, applicants and recipients must comply with work requirements. The system tends to be rigidly administered, and people who are found to have in any way failed to comply are subject to sanctions, in which their benefits are reduced or terminated. But the law does provide an array of rights for those subject to these mandates. It is therefore our hope that the Guide will assist advocates in protecting clients against sanctions and in enforcing those rights. Read More

Food Stamps in Upstate New York
Views from the Front Line : The Food Stamp Program is the nation's primary tool to combat hunger, providing benefits that are useable only for the purchase of food. The Food Stamp Program is a federal program under the administration of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). All states must operate the program in conformity with federal rules. The state agency in New York responsible for implementing the program is the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). In New York, the day-to-day administration of the Food Stamp Program is the task of local social services districts Read More