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Pix11: NYC Must Speed Up Food Stamp Application Processing Amid Backlog, Judge Rules

NYLAG, Legal Aid, and Dechert LLP, were mentioned in Pix11 Local News for securing a court order that’s requiring the City to eliminate all SNAP and Cash Assistance delays that have contributed to food insecurity for low-income New Yorkers, forcing thousands of families to face food instability. 

“The ruling came after an agreement between the Legal Aid Society, New York Legal Assistance Group and Dechert LLP and the City of New York. The plaintiffs said the city was failing to process SNAP applications within the 30-day time period required by state and federal law. 

“The New York City Department of Social Services and Human Resources Administration was required to clear out the backlog of SNAP applications to no more than 800 cases by Monday as part of the court order. It was not clear on Tuesday whether the city was able to clear out the backlog by the deadline. 

“Additionally, the city has to create monthly progress reports on the processing of the applications. 

“The city has until March 2024 to process all leftover applications in accordance with the order.”

Read the full piece by Erin Pflaumer in Pix11 Local News from August 1, 2023. 

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