Benefits Advocacy

The Safety Net Project"s Benefits Team provides free legal services to low and no-income households at legal clinics located at St. Johns Bread & Life, the Westside Campaign Against Hunger, the River Fund, and the New York Common Pantry. We advise, assist, and represent individuals who have questions about or issues with the Human Resource Administration's (HRA) public benefits programs. We seek to resolve all Public Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other HRA issues through direct advocacy with HRA, but also represent clients when necessary at Administrative Fair Hearings.

SNP's Benefits Team are substantive experts in public benefits and are deeply committed to changing how public benefits are talked about and administered. Thus, in addition to our direct legal service work, SNP's benefits experts author reports to address its concerns with HRA with the hope of improving it; issue public comments, testimonies, and statements to advocate or against policy proposals and/or rule changes; and lobby and protest in Washington DC, Albany, and on the steps of City Hall when necessary to fight against cuts and to expand access to crucial public benefits.