Archive for June, 2012

Cuomo ends finger-print requirement for food stamp applicants in NY

June 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm 0 comments

New York State is among a handful of states that has taken every beneficial option that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given to enhance participation in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (a.k.a. the Food Stamp Program).   Earlier, this year Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will also endRead More

Meaning of “Deferred Action Status” in Obama’s New Immigration Policy for Undocumented Youth

June 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm 0 comments

On June 15th, the President announced a new administrative policy to exercise prosecutorial discretion and grant “deferred action status” to some immigrants who came to the United States as children. What is deferred action? Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an actRead More

How to survive this heat wave if you have a medical condition

June 21, 2012 at 11:28 am 0 comments

It’s hot out. While being slow-roasted isn’t healthy for anyone, this heat wave could be downright dangerous for people with certain medical conditions. If you’re one of them there are several things you can do.  For one, try contacting the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program, HEAP for assistanceRead More

Legislation alert for NY: Additional protection for immigrants dealing with domestic violence

June 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm 0 comments

Obama’s recent executive order targeted to undocumented immigration youth, highlights another important immigration policy that remains unresolved – the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Right now there are two competing versions of a women’s rights bill extension.  Both Senate and the Congress versions seek to extend VAWA,Read More

Helpful Guide on Emotional, Practical, and Financial Support Services for Cancer patients

June 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm 0 comments

Cancer is the #2 leading cause of death for Americans.  We probably all know a relative or friend who has struggled with this disease. There are many local, state, and federal support services and resources available to individuals and families fighting or recovering from this disease. The National Cancer InstituteRead More

Filing and adjudicating immigration benefits promises to get easier: Meet the new USCIS ELIS System

June 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm 0 comments

Have you ever had to fill out an immigration form?  If so, you know that its easy to get overwhelmed and confused by all of the forms, filing instructions, fees, etc.  With something as sensitive as immigration paperwork you want to be sure that what you are filing is theRead More

Problems with debt collection?

Problems with debt collection?

June 8, 2012 at 10:24 am 0 comments

In the weeks that come, we’ll be highlighting the ways the recession has affected low-income New Yorkers—and how they can protect their rights. We’ll start with one area where a little bit of information can avoid a lot of financial hardship: debt collection. Many people in debt think bankruptcy isRead More