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Session Wrap 2017: Employment & Financial Literacy

Just before the 2017 legislative session ended, a bill making two modifications to the public assistance work rules passed both the Senate and the Assembly and will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. This legislation is well intentioned, designed to facilitate women’s entry into non-traditional jobs, and to offer welfare recipients financial literacy education as a work activity, but some of the details may limit the effectiveness and impact of the law. Read More

Home Stability Support: An Investment to End Homelessness in New York State

The discussion of the Home Stability Support program and campaign must begin with New York State’s intersecting crises: the dire shortage of affordable housing around the state, and especially in New York City, and the soaring rates of individual and family homelessness. 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

The Law in Action: Watch the Carver v. State Arguments Live on September 16th!

Next week, on Wednesday September 16th at 2 p.m., Senior Attorney Susan Antos of Empire Justice Center will appear before the highest court in the state- the Court of Appeals- to argue Carver v. the State of New York- an important case dealing with fairness for people who do workfare to be eligible for public assistance. 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

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

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

EAA Payments Available to SSI Recipients

Thanks to Gene Doyle for reminding us that SSI recipients might be eligible for some extra financial help in emergency situations. Read More

Discharging Public Assistance Overpayments in Bankruptcy

For some public assistance recipients, extensive and burdensome repayment to the Department of Social Services (DSS) becomes another penalty for seeking assistance during a hardship. Read More

Census Bureau Releases Annual Report on Poverty

On September 16, 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2009 edition of its annual publication, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.”1 In the difficult period now sometimes referred to as the “Great Recession,” the numbers are unfortunately, but not surprisingly, quite grim. This article will summarize some of the key findings in the report, and highlight a few important themes. Read More