Meeting Basic Needs
NCLEJ works to ensure that government policies and practices ensure that needy families and individuals receive the critical cash assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid for which they are eligible and which they so desperately need to preserve family unity and promote the well-being of their children. When government agencies fall short of their legal obligations – for example, by discouraging eligible people from applying for benefits, failing to provide timely assistance, or by prematurely rolling out a faulty computer system that denies subsistence benefits to thousands of eligible families, NCLEJ uses effective court challenges to redress the harm and hold public officials accountable.
NCLEJ is national leader in ensuring that public benefits programs for low income individuals are administered fairly and in compliance with the law. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we sued FEMA when the agency failed to provide accessible temporary housing to displaced people with disabilities. The lawsuit was settled successfully, and thousands of people with disabilities obtained accessible trailers as a result. Since then, we have been working to ensure that FEMA has adequate temporary housing policies in place to meet the needs of people with disabilities and others in the future.
We welcome the opportunity to work with advocates on issues arising in their states. Feel free to contact us.