Center and Colleagues Stop New York City from Unlawfully Preventing Access to Benefits

We won a comprehensive federal court injunction in 2005 in a groundbreaking class action that derailed New York City’s unlawful policy of discouraging eligible people from applying for cash assistance, Medicaid, and Food Stamps. Following an earlier three-day trial, we convinced the court that it was City policy to systematically deter and discourage people from applying for benefits and that the City had a consistent pattern of failing to provide expedited Food Stamps to the hungry. The court ruled that these policies and practices violated federal and state laws requiring public officials to help eligible persons apply for and obtain help. We are working with New York Legal Assistance Group, The Legal Aid Society and Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. (Reynolds v. Giuliani)

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