Stories to start your week

Over Half of NYC’s Food Stamp Applicants Left Waiting as Staffing Shortage Deepens

More than half all New York food stamps applicants are left waiting for their benefits to arrive, as critical administrative bottlenecks at the city’s social services agency worsen amid staff shortages and impending budget cuts, officials said at a recent  City Council hearing.

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) is promptly processing just 46.3 percent of applications for SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, the agency told councilmembers at a committee hearing on the impact and cause of the bureaucratic delays.

The hearing was held a month after City Limits first reported on the mounting delays that force potentially hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to scramble for groceries or extra cash to feed their families.
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City’s Street Vendors Saw Twice as Many Tickets This Year Compared to Pre-Pandemic, With NYPD Leading Enforcement
This year, the NYPD has been the leading enforcement agency against street vendors, breaking from an earlier pledge to take them out of the process as part of reforms announced by former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil Honors Growing List of New Yorkers Lost
An annual vigil honored the New Yorkers who died on the streets and in shelters while highlighting the lethal impact of chronic homelessness. “We should be clear that these outcomes are the result of public policy choices we make in the United States,” said one of the organizers. Read the story.
NYC Launches Subsidized Child Care For Undocumented Children, and Families are Lining Up
The $10 million program comes as the city looks to provide additional support for tens of thousands of asylum seekers who’ve arrived in the five boroughs in recent months. Read the story.
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Una Ciudad sin Límites

City Limits en español
¿Se debería permitir que los arrendatarios en NYC tengan en cuenta los antecedentes penales de sus inquilinos?
El Concejo de la ciudad de Nueva York celebró una audiencia el jueves para discutir la Ley de Oportunidad Justa para la Vivienda, que haría ilegal que arrendatarios y agentes inmobiliarios tengan en cuenta los antecedentes penales al considerar un inquilino. Los partidarios dicen que la vivienda estable es clave para prevenir la reincidencia, pero los críticos han criticado el proyecto de ley, alegando preocupaciones de seguridad. Leer la historia
PODCAST: ¿Se avecina el fin del Título 42?
El próximo 21 de diciembre podría llegar a su fin el título 42, la medida que permite a funcionarios rechazar a los inmigrantes encontrados en la frontera. El periodista Felipe de la Hoz, co-fundador de Border/Lines, nos ayuda a explicar el Título 42 y las opciones que habría tras su terminación. Leer la historia

City Views

Opinions & Analysis
Opinion: Many Migrants are Here to Stay. Let’s Make Sure They Have Somewhere to Live
“Legal status should not be a determinant of the quality of life you can live nor the access you have to shelter. Having a safe, stable place to call home is foundational to well-being and critical for children’s development.” Read the story.
Opinion: Expanding NY’s Youth Justice Laws is an Investment in the Future of Our Communities
“The Youth Justice & Opportunities Act would expand existing protections and limit the lifelong negative consequences that stem from prosecution for actions young people take before they reach full maturity. It would also reduce youth incarceration by increasing access to alternative programs and services, and provide more young people through age 25 the chance to move on without a permanent criminal record.” Read the story.

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Social Worker Supervisor – Caregiving Services Western Queens for Sunnyside Community Services
The Vice President of Housing Acquisition (VPHA) will be responsible for establishing relationships with landlords and brokers and securing units for use by households with vouchers. The VPHA will have access to “Flex Pool” funding to support efforts to secure apartments and work collaboratively with landlords, brokers and other key stakeholders in the NYC housing market.
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