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Restored Food Stamp Program

New York, NY: (Apr-08-08) A lawsuit was brought against the State of New York and the City of New York, over benefits that were denied to thousands of families who participated in a Parks Department jobs program from March 2003 until October 2006. The suit stated that the defendants delayed paying nearly 6,000 low income families, living in New York City, federally funded transitional food stamp benefits.

Officials said that for a period of time, New York City's human Resources Administration assigned cash assistance recipients to low-wage, short-term jobs while simultaneously denying them transitional food stamps. The food stamp grant was a federal program established in 2002 that allows states to temporarily freeze the food stamp benefits of families who leave cash assistance.

The suit claimed that HRA was placing cash assistance recipients with the Parks Department in temporary, six-month jobs paying $7.50 an hour. Simultaneously, the department slashed households' food stamp benefits, denying these families transitional food stamp benefits provided to other, similarly situated households.

Sources indicate, in what has been termed a groundbreaking victory for working families, the US District Court of the Southern District Of New York ruled that the State and City of New York must restore over $7.2 million in food stamps to nearly 6,000 low-income families living in the city. [YAHOO NEWS: COURT ORDERS THAT FOOD STAMP BENEFITS BE RESTORED]

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