Other income support programs

Extending the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund Would Bring More Dollars and Jobs to New York

May 19, 2010. To help needy families during the Great Recession, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, created a $5 billion Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF) within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal block grant program. This brief shows that the TANF ECF has brought $935 million in new federal dollars to New York over the last year. With the nation continuing to experience high unemployment … (read more)

The TANF Emergency Contingency Fund: The Basics, and New York’s Experience with the Regular Contingency Fund

June 11, 2009. Part I – The Basics – and Part II – New York’s Experience to Date Using the Regular Contingency Fund – are the first two of a series of briefs that looks into the rules governing the new Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), reviews New York’s experience with the regular Contingency Fund, and explores the situations under which New York may qualify for ECF funds.

Also see Part III (August 11, 2009) – How New York Could Use … (read more)

Working Families and Economic Security in New York: How Effectively Do Work Supports Bridge the Gaps?

June 11, 2008. Thirty percent of New Yorkers in working families can’t cover basic needs with their wages. This report analyzes the effectiveness of “work support programs” (such as food stamps, Child Health Plus and the Earned Income Tax Credit) in bridging the hardship gap experienced by 5.7 million New Yorkers – that is, the gap between family wages and a basic family budget standard. Work supports make a difference, but more must be done. Press release, full report(read more)

The Economics of Low Income Energy Assistance in New York – No Wonder They Call Economics the “Dismal” Science

May 20, 2008.  A presentation by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick and Gerald Norlander of the Public Utility Law Project of New York, prepared for NYSERDA’s 2008 Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE). With prices for power and heating fuel rising faster than wages or assistance – against a backdrop of widespread poverty in upstate cities – the situation is grim for low-income families. Renwick and Norlander lay out specific standards for reform of assistance programs.… (read more)

Family’s experiment with welfare grant shows need for a boost in funding

January 22, 2008. A letter to the editor by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick, Albany Times-Union.(read more)

TANF Spending in New York

October 24, 2007. A presentation by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick at a meeting convened by the New York Children’s Action Network (New York CAN) Income Security Subcommittee.… (read more)

Congressmen must explain cuts in critical programs

August 8, 2007. An op ed by FPI’s senior economist, Trudi Renwick, together with Bob Cohen of Citizens Action. Buffalo News.(read more)

Poor’s nutritional needs not being met

June 7, 2007. This op ed by Trudi Renwick appeared in several editions of Spotlight News, a capital area weekly.… (read more)

Stretched Too Thin: Food Stamp Benefits in New York State

May 16, 2007. Religious and civic leaders pledge to try the “Food Stamp Diet” – and eat on $3.50 a day – as FPI releases a new report. Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Rev. Paul D. Rees-Rohrbacher of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Albany, Ed Bloch of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State, Lynda Schuyler of Food Pantries for the Capital District and Linda Bopp of the Nutrition Consortium of New York … (read more)

Many in county use food stamps

May 13, 2007. An op ed by Trudi Renwick. Saratoga Springs Saratogian.(read more)