Press Release: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

November 9, 2018

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PRESS RELEASE New York State Food Security Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

As the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day, Hunger Solutions New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute … (read more)

From Refugees to Bay Area Entrepreneurs: How One Family Started Over

November 5, 2018. This article tells the story of a Syrian family who fled the civil war in Jordan and was resettled in Oakland, California where they are now owners of a catering business, Old Damascus Fare, that makes Syrian food. The family expressed that they hope to own a restaurant in the future. The author highlights the FPI and Center for American Progress report, “Syrian Immigrants: Doing Well and a Strong Receiving Community for Refugees,” which found … (read more)

Every New Yorker Counts

November 2, 2018. On Monday the Fiscal Policy Institute joined members of the New York Counts 2020 coalition in front of Federal Hall to call on the governor and the state legislators to include $40 million in the state budget to fund community-based organizations working on maximizing participation in the 2020 census.

Congressmember Jerry Nadler spoke powerfully about the reasons this census count will be especially challenging, with a federal government creating barriers to participation. Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO … (read more)

Squeezing Refugees: Numbers for 2018 by State and Metro Area

November 2, 2018. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center published a report showing that refugee resettlement was scaled back in the United States more dramatically in the United States than in any other country.

In 2018, however, the refugee resettlement numbers have dropped even more dramatically.

With data through the end of October already available, we can calculate pretty reasonably what the full year will look by extrapolating from the first 10 months of the year. For comparison, below … (read more)

City Immigrants Fear Being a ‘Public Charge’

November 2, 2018. This audio broadcast discusses the Trump’s proposed “Public Charge” rule, that would deny permanent residency to applicants who receive specific public benefits from the government. It highlights that the proposed rule is creating confusion and fear in the immigrant community and that many green card holders believe that they can’t become citizens if they recieved or are receiving benefits. The factors included in the decision of “public charge” include age, health, income, and English proficiency. The broadcast … (read more)

The Lag in Latino Political Representation

November 1, 2018. The article discusses the low level of Latinx and Hispanic political representation, despite the growth of this population. The article highlights that although small, there has been a slight increase in Hispanic/Latinx representation to 10 percent of both state legislative and congressional seats from less than 5 percent of state representatives and 6 percent of federal elected officials in 1996. The author argues that there should be almost double as many Hispanic/Latinx elected officials based on their … (read more)

Hispanic Representation in NY: Closing the Gap…Slowly

November 1, 2018. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, NALEO, keeps track of how many Hispanics serve in different government offices around the country. In New York, the numbers have been rising, but rising very slowly, over the past two decades.

Over 20 year ago, in 1996, two of the 33 United States representatives New York sent to Washington were Hispanic, both serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, the total number of representatives was … (read more)

Census 2020: NYS Should Invest $40 Million to Fund Community Outreach

October 30, 2018. 

In a new report, the Fiscal Policy Insititute details the resources community-based groups will require to maximize participation in the 2020 Census among “hard to count” residents across New York State. FPI proposes that the governor and legislature include $40 million in next year’s state budget for community-based organizations to do outreach around the 2020 Census. FPI notes that this should be in addition to whatever funds the state commits to its own outreach and media campaigns … (read more)

Trump Refugee Cuts Slow Resurgence of Cities Like Buffalo

October 23, 2018. This article discusses the effect that the Trump administration’s refugee cap reduction has had on Buffalo, N.Y., a city located in the Rust Belt that has benefited from refugee replacement for many years. According to the article, refugees have helped reverse population decline, rebuild homes, revitalize the community and have opened businesses. The author goes on to discuss how Buffalo is dramatically effected by the decrease in refugee admissions. Employers are having a difficult time filling jobs … (read more)

Mayor Kenney Condemns Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Proposal

October 12, 2018. This article discusses Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia’s viewpoint of the proposed “public charge” rule, which would disqualify immigrants from receiving a green card and other immigration benefits if they have received specific public benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or housing assistance. According to the article, Mayor Kenney thinks that the federal administration’s goal is to destabilize families, discourage immigration and prevent hard-working people from accessing benefits.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and his … (read more)