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Welfare

Documents Reveal Gaps In City Welfare Data

The city is proud that it kept cash assistance rolls at record lows despite the recession. But it can't answer many questions about who's applying for welfare—and what happens to them when they do.

Fact Checking The State Of The City

Mayor Bloomberg's annual address promised modest new initiatives and claimed major successes over the past year and his whole tenure.

Diagnosing A Defeat: Why The Sick Leave Bill Failed

A measure to ensure all workers have paid sick leave had enough votes to pass the City Council. So why did Speaker Quinn kill it?

Five Boroughs. One City. No Plan.

Is the city's failure to plan a plan for failure?

Medical Mystery: Why A Booming Health Sector Pays Low Wages

Home health aides are seeing some of the best growth of any sector in New York. But the growing demand for their services hasn't improved wages that leave many in or near poverty.

Years Pass, But Question Remains: Is NYC Denying Welfare?

The benefits rolls are far smaller and the mayor is quite different, but the debate over welfare in New York still revolves around whether eligible applicants are being turned away.

From 'Fun City' To Crisis State: John Lindsay and Hugh Carey

Two new books explore the legacies of a former mayor whom history maligned and a governor whose role has been all but forgotten.

How Much Stimulus Money Went To Low Income Areas?

City Limits toured New York City, Yonkers and Newburgh with Community Voices Heard, to see where the stimulus money went and hear where advocates for low-income families believe it should go.

Overhauling New York City Juvenile Justice

Two city agencies are working to reform the city's juvenile justice system, partly by putting more troubled kids into community-based programs and counseling.

Child Welfare Changes Stir Hopes, Fears

Service providers like that the city is moving away from group homes and institutional foster care. But they wonder if the money and policies are in place to make the changes work.

Audio: Teens Tense Over Summer Jobs

State budget cuts have dug deep into an important avenue for getting kids into the job market, the summer youth employment program. Hear from some of teens who might miss out.

Child Welfare Agency Calls Time-Out On Foster Funding

The Administration for Children’s Services is calling for a "do-over" of the process it undertook last year to implement a sea-change in child welfare policy.

Taking Attendance In Bloomberg Bid To Cut Truancy

The mayor's new task force enlists a battery of city agencies to combat chronic absenteeism. Some parents say they also want a seat at the table.

Why Wait For The State? City Racing To Budget Deal

As the City Council heads toward a budget deal with the mayor by the end of the week, activists hoping to fend off cuts are turning up the pressure on members.

No Entry: Why Is Teen Unemployment So High?

The woman sweeping floors at the McDonald's on 204th Street had gray hair tracing her temples, and her colleague at the register looked to be at least 50.

In This Fight, Public Advocate Is The Underdog

The public advocate is charged with fighting for average New Yorkers. But against budget cuts, possible charter changes and high expectations, Bill de Blasio's current battle is one of self-defense.

Reducing Black Joblessness, One Client At A Time

Black joblessness has defied solution for decades. But organizations in the trenches are making a dent.

Mother's Day For Inmate 09G0379: The Waiting

Almost three quarters of the 2,422 women in New York state prisons are mothers. In part 1 of a three-part series, we follow one group of children as they travel nearly 400 miles to meet their moms on the inside.

How to Survive in New York On $0 A Day

Amid crisis-level black unemployment, government benefits, family support and off-the-books labor help make ends meet.

Bloomberg Cash Rewards Program Gets Mixed Reviews

The centerpiece of the mayor's anti-poverty plan is being phased out after showing mixed results. City Hall says it was a valuable try. But what lessons has the city learned?


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Since 1996, each state has had control of the welfare system. The states offer basic assistance with health care, food stamps, childcare, and unemployment. Eligibility for welfare is dependent on income, size of family, and “crisis situations”. Each case has a caseworker to assess a family’s eligibility. In New York City, there are over 2,000 outlets for welfare resources. Still, with a lack of funding and a growing number of those in need, food pantries and other services struggle each day to keep their doors open.

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What Will De Blasio's Approach to Welfare Be? - Jarrett Murphy

Some welfare foes fear the progressive mayor will reverse years of declining rolls. Critics of welfare reform hope he does just that.

15 Years On, Still No Agreement on Welfare Reform's Impact - Neil deMause

The panel was charged with answering the question, "Welfare Reform at 15: Is It Working?"Their answer depended almost entirely on how each member defined "working."

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Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

Friday, October 24, 2014
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Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund - Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

By Joel Berg

De Blasio Admin. Making City's Safety Net More Humane

After two mayors who saw declining welfare rolls as an indication of policy success, HRA Commissioner Steve Banks is making progress restoring common sense and compassion. There's still much to do.

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

By Bich Ha Pham

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

Reducing income inequality depends on a sound, fair social safety net—something the city has not had in 20 years.

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Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."

Design Deficiencies and Lost Votes

In 2010, tens of thousands of votes in New York did not count due to overvotes — the invalid selection of more than one candidate. This report demonstrates how the lack of adequate overvote protections disproportionately affected the state's poorest communities, suggests commonsense reforms, and examines national implications.

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