New York City Is Struggling On The Process Applications Of The Food stamps
NEW YORK — Half of the people that live in New York City and other New Yorkers who applied for SNAP benefits or more commonly known as food stamps are waiting for the long-awaited response. The process of the application has been very slow, the federal money is there, but the city has been having a hard time because of the long wait.
According to a published post by CBS News, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) of the city’s application for SNAP benefits is promptly processing less than half of the time. In East New York, Brooklyn a man named Henry Robinson said he knows firsthand that it I day hard to navigate the system.
Robinson said they have to reapply and it’s a process all the time, and then, if you forget and they take it away from you, you have to do it all over again. He also said he is the ace of the individuals who rely on food stamps. The city councilman, Lincoln Ressler said that if you don’t have the people in place to operate the programs, the programs won’t work.
New York City struggling to process applications for food stamps
Because the HRA didn’t have enough workers to process the paperwork. Ressler said half of all New York (SNAP) food stamps applicants are waiting for benefits to arrive. He said during the de Blasio administration, HRA staffing was about 15,000. It’s now down to 10,000, with a 20 percent vacancy rate.
Ressler said they have resources that are available to us that the federal government is making available and the inability of the city, of HRA, to staff up appropriately meant the individuals are not being associated with the resources they need and deserve and the food that keeps them healthy and full.
Adams says they are going to continue their part in continuing to press the administration, work with the authority to try to fulfill these needs, and try to push these agencies to do the work they are committed to doing for New Yorkers.
The city said the situation is worsening and the number of applicants for SNAP benefits hiked more than 50% in two years during the pandemic.