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.
Policy Matters – October 2021
October 27, 2021
Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we cover the release of the Rochester Latinx Agenda, SNAP benefits for prepared meals, the Sanctions bill, our new crime victims guide, how to receive the child tax credit, an overview of domestic violence legislation passed in the last two years, and an award for a lifetime of consumer advocacy.
Policy Matters – January – 2021 Legislative Priorities
January 19, 2021
As a leading statewide organization working to achieve social and economic justice for people in New York State who are poor, disabled, and disenfranchised, our 2021 Legislative priorities focus on making an impact in the following three areas: Access to Justice, Social Justice, and Economic Justice.
Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we reveal the connections between redlining and COVID-19, how access to justice means access to food and housing, ways to protect the voting rights of survivors of domestic violence, and how law school clinics may be a key part of New York’s recovery from the pandemic.
In this edition of Policy Matters we wrap up the legislative session with bills on pandemic assistance, protecting medical patients from health provider liens and garnishments, and establishing a wellness and equity fund to support transgender New Yorkers; testimony on the future of NYS courts, legal analysis of possible new tenant protections, comments on community reinvestment in Rochester, and a presentation on legal tools to help reduce gun violence.