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The new updated SNAP budget worksheet, effective January 1, 2021, from Hunger Solutions New York.

Current Worksheet:

Effective January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021


Past Worksheets:

Effective October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

Effective October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018

Effective October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017

Effective October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016

Effective October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015

Effective November 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014

Effective October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012

Effective April 1, 2011 – September 30, 2011

Effective October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011

Effective October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010

Effective April 1, 2009 – September 1, 2009

Effective February 1, 2009 – September 1, 2009

Empire Justice Center has reached a preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit claimed that the Rochester City School District denied students with disabilities and parents of students with disabilities their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The case is called N.N. et. al. v. Rochester City School District et. al,  No. 6:19-cv-06526-DGL

If you are, were, or will be a student with disabilities or a parent of students with disabilities in the Rochester City School District (the District) between July 16, 2017 and the present, you should read this notice. The Court ordered that this Notice to Classes about the Settlement and the Final Approval Hearing, available in English here and in Spanish here, be provided to class members. Class members can also review the full settlement agreement submitted to the Court here, be provided to the class members.

If you are a parent of students with disabilities or a student with disabilities in the Rochester City School District and have questions about this lawsuit, you can contact us by calling (585) 454-4060.

Class Notice – ENGLISH


Featured below is an updated Child Care Copayment Chart for families of three with an annual income of $43,440 (200% of poverty) showing the copayment multiplier for each social services district in New York. This chart is based of a review of the annual plan updates and the COVID -19 waiver chart posted on the OCFS website as of January 2, 2021. For nine counties that had not posted annual plan updates for 2020, 2019 data was used.


We recommend you view the PDF here.


There are many changes from last year’s chart. Most striking is that only four districts continue with the impossibly high copayment multiplier of 35%, which is the number applied to the family’s income over the poverty level to calculate the parent share. Last year eighteen districts used this multiplier. Many districts have reduced their copayments to 25%, 20%, or even 10%.  Last year only three counties chose to use the 10% copayments multiplier, which is the lowest permitted under state regulation. This year there are eight counties with 10% multipliers. Other important news to note is that the social services districts highlighted in red obtained approval from OCFS to waive copayments. The list of counties that are currently waiving copayments is updated monthly on the OCFS website at https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/plans/ altogether for as permitted by 20 OCFS ADM-06, available at: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/policies/external/ocfs_2020/ADM/20-OCFS-ADM-06.pdf





















Also featured below is a chart which shows the annual copayment required from families of three with incomes between the poverty level and 275% of the poverty level, and the percentage of the family’s gross income that that payment represents.


We recommend you view the PDF here.

Here’s how!

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