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Empire Justice Testimony on the New York State Supplement Program
Empire Justice Center testimony on the impact that State takeover has had on the administration of the State Supplement Program and delivery of benefits to eligible recipients. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off their grant by participation in workfare, it's only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony: 2016 NYS Joint Budget Hearing on Housing
Empire Justice Center's testimony submitted to the Joint Legislative Committees on the 2016 - 2017 Executive Budget proposal - housing. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the Impact of Poverty on Senior Citizens
Empire Justice testimony for the joint Assembly Aging and Social Services Committees on how asset tests are causing seniors to bankrupt themselves in order to get temporary assistance. Read More

Empire Justice Budget Memo: Ensure the Adequacy of Public Assistance Housing Aid
In New York, the Temporary Assistance Program (TA), a crucial component of the safety net for our State’s poorest families, does not enable a family to meet even their most rudimentary needs. The grant barely brings a typical household to even half of the Federal Poverty Level. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony at the 2015 Human Services Joint Legislative Budget Hearing
Empire Justice testimony at the 2015 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Human Services. Testimony was presented on February 4, 2015, by Tamara Frazier, Coordinator for Policy and Government Relations. Read More

Empire Justice Comments to OTDA on the 2014 -15 HEAP State Plan
Our comments to the Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance on the proposed New York State plan for the 2014 - 2015 Home Energy Assistance Program. Read More

Empire Justice Memo of Support: Require Local Districts to Credit the Minimum Wage Value of Workfare when Recovering Properly Paid Public Assistance
When an individual works off his or her grant by participation in workfare, it is only fair that the value of that work be credited against any recovery that the local district is entitled to make. 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

Empire Justice Memo on EBT Restriction: Support the Governor’s Article VII Proposal with Added Client Protections
Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal includes legislation that would impose new limitations on the use of the cash assistance Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This is intended to comply with recently enacted federal requirements. Read More

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