Hunger is a pervasive problem impacting one of every eight New Yorkers- more than three million people in all. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides vital food assistance to low income people, and is administered by local social services districts. Empire Justice Center provides technical assistance and training to advocates, and engages in policy advocacy and analysis.
PRESS STATEMENT: Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule
October 10, 2018
The Trump administration formally proposed a new rule that will force immigrant families to choose between many of life’s necessities – food, health care, housing – and the opportunity to continue to live and work in America. This proposed rule is clearly targeted at low-income people, disproportionately people of color, including elderly individuals, people with disabilities, and working immigrant families, whose work is often the backbone of local businesses and economies and whose children are primarily American citizens, and will have a negative effect on New York State.
Welfare Program Controversy All Politics – Not Substance
August 02, 2012
On July 12, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services presented states with an exciting opportunity by offering to waive some of the most restrictive federal welfare rules for states that propose programs that would more effectively accomplish the goals of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) law that enacted Welfare Reform.