Modernizing SNAP Benefits Will Help Millions of Families

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an update to the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to set benefit levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This science-driven and long-overdue reevaluation will be welcome news for families across the country, many of whom will be better able to afford a healthy diet with greater

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NY Utilities Can Begin Service Terminations

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, the moratorium on all electric, gas, water, telephone, broadband, and cable shut-offs ended. This allows utility companies to begin terminating service to customers behind on their bills as soon as Monday, June 28. This is a crisis because there are more than one million utility consumers in New York that

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NLS Navigator Program Helps Clients Who Need Health Insurance

Neighborhood Legal Service’s Navigators provide one-on-one assistance to families and individuals seeking to enroll in health insurance through the NYSoH Marketplace (New York Health Benefit Exchange). NLS Navigators provide education about the different types of health insurance plans offered through the marketplace and assist with enrollment into both public insurance programs and private qualified health

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New York Expands Eligibility for SNAP Program to Some Students

Students attending SUNY, CUNY, comprehensive, technical, Educational Opportunity Centers, or community college (in a CTE qualifying program) at least half time and who are otherwise eligible can now receive SNAP benefits without meeting additional criteria such as working at least 20 hours per week or caring for a child. Students can apply at https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin. If

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