SNAP On-Demand for Brooklyn residents

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In order to better serve New Yorkers in need, the Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration is making the SNAP (commonly called Food Stamps) application process even easier by eliminating appointment interviews by telephone for NEW applicants.

Beginning September 1, 2017, clients will no longer have to wait for HRA to call during a scheduled appointment time to complete the interview portion of their NEW application. After they submit their application, clients will be able to call HRA’s call center 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) at any time during business hours from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday-Friday for an “on-demand” interview.

“On-demand” interviews will reduce the uncertainty of applying for SNAP, and will give clients more freedom and flexibility. We will do our best to spread the word about this exciting program, but we need your help.  If you work with New Yorkers who qualify for SNAP benefits and are served by the Fort Greene (S20), Williamsburg (S21), or North Brooklyn (S26) SNAP Centers, or live in any of the below zip codes, be sure that they know about this option.

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On-demand interviews are one of a series of improvements we are making at HRA to ensure clients can access our services quickly and easily.

In addition, I am also pleased to inform you that HRA has created a new, user-friendly online case management tool called ACCESS HRA. Our new ACCESS HRA website and mobile app (available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store) allow new and existing HRA clients to:

  • Monitor the status of new applications, recertifications, and active HRA cases
  • View HRA notices and upcoming appointments, and identify outstanding issues
  • Check EBT balance and upcoming payments
  • Update case information, including mailing address or preferred language
  • View a list of submitted outstanding eligibility documents
  • Request a budget letter
  • Sign up for text messages and email alerts, and much more!

Should any of your clients or constituents have any questions about SNAP On-Demand or where to apply for SNAP benefits, please visit our website or call the Department of Social Services Infoline at (718) 557-1399.

HRA depends on our partners in the community to help share this important information with the New Yorkers we both serve. Thank you for helping make this program a success.

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Announcement: Seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities are getting a tax break

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Good news! On August 25th, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that will increase the income eligibility to qualify for the Senior Citizen and Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption programs.  The new income threshold is $58,399. Please help us spread the word!

Homeowners with annual income of $58,399 or less are now eligible to receive the Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE) or Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE).

Who may be eligible

  • Seniors 65+ or disabled New Yorkers with annual income of $58,399 or less.

How it works

  • SCHE and DHE exempt 5 to 50% of the assessed value of your home from taxation.

How to apply

Why YOU should apply

  • You could save hundreds of dollars or more on your property taxes this year!

Already receiving SCHE or DHE? Take no action! Any increases to your benefit will appear on your January 2018 property tax bill—with a retroactive credit to July 1, 2017.

Previously denied because your income was too high? Take no action! If your income is $58,399 or less, we will apply the benefit to your account automatically, beginning with your January 2018 property tax bill—with a retroactive credit to July 1, 2017.

— NYC Department of Finance

Enroll in the NYC Rent Freeze Program. The next workshop date is Thursday, August 31, 2017.

 

7/18 Event: The Jewish Board Job Fair

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The Jewish Board of Families & Children’s Services is the largest human services provider in New York State. With more than 175 programs in 75 locations city-wide, we provide mental health counseling and social services for more than 43,000 adults and children a year.

We have a number of positions open, but are primarily looking for social workers, nurses, and direct care professionals (especially for DSPs with a background of working with those who are developmentally disabled).

Please feel free to reach out to me with any resumes that may be pertinent. Those who attend the Jobs Fair would have to show ID to enter Borough Hall.

All of our job postings can be found here.

Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP)

Did you know that since 2010, almost 3,000 New Yorkers have have been victims of foreclosure rescue scams? Legitimate help with your mortgage is just a phone call away.

Free, professional advice is available through the NYS Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). Call 1-855-466-9456 (1-855-HOME-456) today to connect with a qualified legal services or housing counseling professional.

You can also visit www.AGScamHelp.com.

Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo URGES you to attend a very important meeting on Senior Housing coming to Ingersoll Houses.

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Council Member Laurie Cumbo’s District Office Moves to 55 Hanson Place

ATTENTION! My district office is changing as of this Monday, September 26th, 2016! Phones will be down, so please send an email or call my legislative office for any district matters.Looking forward to welcoming District 35 into the new (and more spacious) office!

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