~ Fact Sheet No. 7 ~
THE 2 YEAR TIME LIMIT
For Singles & Couples Without Children

Under the new welfare law, most single adults and couples without children receiving Cash Safety Net Assistance (formerly HR) may receive benefits in the form of cash for no more than 24 months (2 years) during their lifetime. After 24 months, these households will be moved to the Non-Cash Safety Net Assistance program. Most singles and couples without children who have received public assistance continuously from August 1997 will be transferred into the Non-Cash Safety Net Assistance program as soon as the City's computer system is programmed to implement these changes.

How will the Non-Cash Safety Net Assistance Program work?

Households transferred into the Non-Cash Safety Net Assistance program will get only a small amount of cash. The rest of their benefits will be:

Important Note:

Households on Non-Cash Safety Net Assistance will receive the same overall grant value as they received on Cash Safety Net Assistance.

How much cash will be issued to the head of household under the Non-Cash Safety Net Assistance Program?

The personal needs allowance is limited to 20% of the current cash grant. The amounts will be approximately as follows:

            Household Size                                       Personal Needs Allowance
                    1                                                                 $27.42 per month
                    2                                                                 $43.70 per month

What about Food Stamps?

The household will continue to receive food stamps, if eligible.

What about medicaid?

The household will continue to receive medicaid, if eligible.

WE CAN Help!

If you live in North Brooklyn and need assistance, call the WE CAN Hotline at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A: (718)487-2300 or (800) 696-6778.

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