Do you have a client who had their SNAP or cash benefits stolen due to a “skimming” scam? Fraudsters “skim” credit and debit card information by secretly installing a device on ATM readers that send credit card numbers and pin numbers back to the thieves. Congress recently passed the omnibus bill that included a provision to require states to replace a maximum of two months’ worth of stolen SNAP benefits stolen from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2024. New York will create a plan on how to enact the law over the next few months.
NSLS’ Public Benefits Unit provides legal assistance to persons who experience problems with public benefits programs that are administered by the local Departments of Social Services, including:
Welfare (TANF and Safety Net)
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Child Care Assistance
Emergency shelter for the homeless
Unemployment insurance appeals and overpayments
Other emergency assistance programs
We also assist low-income households in establishing Supplemental Needs Trusts to eliminate the Medicaid spend-down and assist homeless families to obtain rent supplements from DSS to enable families to leave the shelters or retain permanent housing. Suffolk residents west of 112 can call 631-232-2400 and east of 112 can call 631-369-1112. Nassau residents can call 516-292-8100.
All of our offices are now open to the public and accepting walk-ins.