fbpx
im-57265

NYLAG opposes work requirements for recipients of food stamps

For Immediate Release  
Contact: bpacheco@nylag.org | c: 917.771.9845

(NEW YORK, NY) December 5, 2019: The Trump administration on Wednesday Dec 5, 2019 formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps, a move that will cause hundreds of thousands of people to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)’s President & Attorney-in-Charge Beth Goldman has issued the following response:

“This new rule is harmful, targeting people experiencing poverty who are struggling to work or earn a living wage. This includes people with health conditions, individuals experiencing homelessness, and hard-working students trying to build a future for themselves.  Taking away lifesaving food assistance from these individuals doesn’t help them find work, rather it increases hunger and destroys lives. We are deeply concerned about the negative impact this will have on our clients–who are dealing with many crises, including poverty–and having to worry about their next meal could push them further into worsening health conditions, or disaster. At NYLAG, we oppose this rule and are strongly considering potential legal challenges.”

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading not-for-profit legal services organization advocating for adults, children, and families that are experiencing poverty or have low-income. We address emerging and urgent needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, financial counseling, a medical-legal partnership model, and community education and partnerships.

###

Share this post

Related Articles

SNAP Card

NYLAG, Legal Aid, Dechert LLP, File Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against City for Failing to Process SNAP and Cash Assistance Applications and Recertifications, Forcing Thousands of Families to Face Food Instability

New York Legal Assistance Group, The Legal Aid Society, and Dechert LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Social Services and Human Resources Administration for failing to process applications and recertification for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and cash assistance within the 30-day timeframe required by federal and state law.

Read More »
Person wearing mask shops for groceries

Gothamist: New Yorkers Sue City Over Delays to Food Stamps

NYLAG’s Abby Biberman was quoted in Gothamist about NYLAG’s class action lawsuit, along with the Legal Aid Society, on behalf of New Yorkers who were left without essential food and cash assistance because their applications weren’t processed in the 30 days required by federal law.

Read More »
Scroll to Top