"Your Guide to Welfare in NYC" is a dynamic fold-out poster designed to demystify New York City's public assistance system. By easily explaining how to apply for and keep public assistance, this guide will help nearly 350,000 New Yorkers access the benefits that they need to stay fed and sheltered.
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Manhattan TimesOn June 28, the HRA stopped offering assistance for SNAP benefits at its St. Nicholas Center. The center served about 90 individuals per day. In recent weeks, the Safety Net Project spearheaded an effort to keep the center from closing. We organized petition letters and rallied community advocate walks.
The Chief LeaderKiana Davis, a benefits advocate at SNP, discusses the de Blasio administration's use of misleading data to support their closing of an East Harlem snap center. “We think the city has made some misleading statements justifying the closure,” she said during a phone interview. “And we find their statistics highly problematic.”
PatchKiana Davis, our benefits advocate at SNP, speaks with Patch.com about the closure of Central Harlem's food stamp office and its negative effect on the most vulnerable benefits recipients.
NY TimesRead this New York Times article about the Safety Net Activists' recent report on harmful “transfer” practices imposed on people living in NYC’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelters.
NY Daily NewsFor New Yorkers who rely on public assistance, the average wait-time at facilities that offer these benefits is three hours. The following article by the Daily News, features quotes and statistics from the Safety Net Project’s report: Bureaucracy of Benefits.
In February of 2019, we released our latest research report. Entitled Bureaucracy of Benefits: Struggling to Access Public Assistance and SNAP in NYC, the report contains the results of over 140 surveys submitted by New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) clients.
This report contains the results of over 130 surveys submitted by New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) clients. Culture of Deterrence systematically documents HRA's failure to properly deliver vital safety net benefits and proposes a series of sensible policies designed to immediately improve the situation. The report dominated headlines in The Daily News, on WNYC, and across a host of other media outlets.