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Congress D-SNAP Letter 12-12-12

Congress D-SNAP Letter 12-12-12

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Congress of the United States
Washington, DC 20510
December
 
12,
 
2012
 
Mayor
 
Michael
 
Bloomberg
 
City
 
Hall
 
New
 
York,
 
NY
 
10007
 
Dear
 
Mayor
 
Bloomberg:
 
We
 
are
 
pleased
 
to
 
learn
 
that
 
the
 
United
 
States
 
Department
 
of 
 
Agriculture
 
(USDA)
 
has
 
approved
 
the
 
Disaster
 
Supplemental
 
Food
 
Stamp
 
(D
SNAP)
 
program
 
for
 
New
 
York
 
Hurricane
 
Sandy
 
victims,
 
which
 
New
 
York
 
City
 
plans
 
to
 
distribute
 
beginning
 
today,
 
December
 
12
th
.
 
However,
 
we
 
are
 
concerned
 
about
 
three
 
elements
 
of 
 
the
 
City’s
 
plan:
 
the
 
lack
 
of 
 
accessibility
 
to
 
the
 
D
SNAP
 
benefit
 
centers
 
for
 
residents
 
of 
 
hard
hit
 
areas;
 
the
 
short
 
length
 
of 
 
time
 
these
 
residents
 
have
 
to
 
apply
 
for
 
these
 
benefits;
 
and
 
the
 
ineligibility
 
of 
 
residents
 
in
 
some
 
areas
 
that
 
were
 
badly
 
damaged
 
by
 
flooding.
 
First,
 
we
 
are
 
concerned
 
that
 
the
 
zip
 
codes
 
deemed
 
eligible
 
for
 
D
SNAP
 
benefits
 
do
 
not
 
include
 
all
 
of 
 
the
 
residents
 
who
 
need
 
these
 
benefits
 
as
 
a
 
result
 
of 
 
Hurricane
 
Sandy.
 
Many
 
residents
 
of 
 
outside
 
of 
 
the
 
zip
 
codes
 
currently
 
included
 
in
 
D
SNAP
 
are
 
suffering
 
significant
 
financial
 
hardship
 
as
 
a
 
result
 
of 
 
damage
 
caused
 
by
 
the
 
storm.
 
We
 
urge
 
you
 
to
 
expand
 
access
 
to
 
D
SNAP
 
benefits
 
to
 
residents
 
in
 
these
 
other
 
zip
 
codes,
 
many
 
of 
 
whom
 
could
 
benefit
 
from
 
this
 
important
 
federal
 
resource.
 
Additionally,
 
the
 
only
 
two
 
application
 
centers
 
are
 
located
 
at
 
a
 
significant
 
distance
 
from
 
many
 
of 
 
our
 
constituents
 
who
 
were
 
impacted
 
by
 
Hurricane
 
Sandy.
 
We
 
are
 
deeply
 
concerned
 
that
 
the
 
hurdles
 
created
 
by
 
this
 
distance
 
will
 
prevent
 
a
 
significant
 
number
 
of 
 
people
 
from
 
easily
 
getting
 
the
 
help
 
they
 
need
 
to
 
feed
 
their
 
families.
 
A
 
large
 
number
 
of 
 
those
 
who
 
suffered
 
flooding
 
and
 
loss
 
of 
 
basic
 
services
 
throughout
 
the
 
affected
 
areas
 
are
 
elderly
 
and
 
handicapped.
 
It
 
would
 
be
 
particularly
 
difficult
 
for
 
this
 
population
 
to
 
travel
 
from
 
their
 
homes
 
to
 
the
 
application
 
centers
 
in
 
downtown
 
Brooklyn
 
or
 
Staten
 
Island.
 
The
 
City’s
 
solution—that
 
disabled
 
applicants
 
can
 
designate
 
a
 
relative
 
or
 
friend
 
to
 
apply
 
for
 
them—is
 
not
 
feasible
 
for
 
many
 
people.
 
Those
 
residents
 
most
 
affected
 
by
 
Hurricane
 
Sandy
 
should
 
be
 
able
 
to
 
apply
 
for
 
the
 
benefits
 
they
 
are
 
entitled
 
to
 
at
 
locations
 
in
 
their
 
own
 
neighborhoods,
 
such
 
as
 
local
 
food
 
stamp
 
offices
 
and
 
Disaster
 
Recovery
 
Centers,
 
which
 
are
 
already
 
set
 
up
 
for
 
a
 
disaster
 
response
 
in
 
affected
 
areas.
 
In
 
addition,
 
we
 
are
 
concerned
 
that
 
the
 
length
 
of 
 
time
 
affected
 
residents
 
have
 
to
 
apply
 
is
 
insufficient
 
to
 
allow
 
for
 
the
 
thousands
 
of 
 
residents
 
who
 
may
 
be
 
eligible
 
for
 
this
 
program
 
to
 
complete
 
the
 
application
 
process.
 
Many
 
of 
 
these
 
residents
 
have
 
been
 
dislocated,
 
and
 
many
 
are
 
 juggling
 
work
 
with
 
massive
 
new
 
responsibilities
 
they
 
were
 
forced
 
to
 
take
 
on
 
after
 
the
 
storm,
 
such
 
as
 
cleaning
 
up
 
their
 
homes
 
and
 
businesses,
 
working
 
with
 
their
 
insurance
 
companies,
 
and
 
applying
 
to
 
other
 
benefit
 
programs.
 
Our
 
offices
 
have
 
been
 
informed
 
by
 
USDA
 
that
 
it
 
is
 
possible
 
to
 
extend
 
the
 
time
 
that
 
the
 
City
 
can
 
offer
 
D
SNAP
 
benefits.
 
While
 
we
 
recognize
 
that
 
this
 
would
 
require
 
an
 
additional
 
commitment
 
of 
 
staff 
 
resources
 
to
 
D
SNAP
 
applications,
 
we
 
ask
 
that
 
the
 
City
 
take
 
the
 
necessary
 
steps
 
to
 
permit
 
D
SNAP
 
registration
 
beyond
 
the
 
Wednesday,
 
December
 
19
th
 
deadline.
 
Making
 
it
 
as
 
easy
 
as
 
possible
 
for
 
those
 
affected
 
by
 
Hurricane
 
Sandy
 
to
 
have
 
access
 
to
 
the
 
resources
 
they
 
need
 
to
 
recover
 
will
 
also
 
help
 
our
 
city
 
rebuild.
 
Allowing
 
survivors
 
better
 
access
 
to
 
relief 
 
programs
 
like
 
D
SNAP
 
will
 
mean
 
more
 
people
 
will
 
be
 
able
 
to
 
sign
 
up,
 
which
 
will
 
also
 
translate
 
into
 
more
 

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