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STATEMENT: New York State Repeals Welfare Lien Laws

Eòghann Erenfroe April 06, 2021

Empire Justice Center applauds legislators and the Governor’s commitment to repeal current laws that require applicants for public assistance who own homes to give a mortgage to the county as a condition for eligibility for public assistance. New York was the last state in the nation to require homeowners to give a mortgage on their homes in exchange for receiving welfare benefits, perpetuating an endless cycle of poverty and hardships.

Read the full statement here: New York State Repeals Welfare Lien Laws