As NYC’s Food Stamp Crisis Worsens, State Agency Withholds Relief

More than half of New York City food stamp applicants are forced to wait until their benefits arrive because the understaffed Department of Human Resources staff is not keeping up with demand. The state’s Department of Temporary and Disability Assistance has refused to issue a waiver to reduce the backlog.

Adi Talwar

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Tens of thousands of low-income New Yorkers could be living without food stamps this holiday season, as the city’s social services agencies are understaffed.

More than half of New York City’s food stamp applicants are staffed by the city’s beleaguered Human Resources Administration (HRA), which has cut its workforce by 20% and a new budget mandated by Mayor Eric Adams. Faced with cuts, we are left with vital benefits awaiting. Process documents and issue approvals. As City Limits reports, delays have exacerbated the problem as parents are forced to pawn jewelry, take out loans and rack up credit card debt to support their children. is on track.

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