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Old 11-24-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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In anticipation of the eligibility cut-off dates for federal unemployment benefits at the end of this month, New York State is notifying those who will no longer receive unemployment benefits -- as well as 99ers and others who have exhausted their benefits -- how to apply for food stamps, Medicaid, and other assistance programs.

The state is directing the unemployed to a website (http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/) where they can obtain information on eligibility requirements for home energy assistance, Family Health Plus, and school lunch programs, as well as Medicaid and food stamps.

As unemployment extensions lapse, NY offers food stamps to 99ers and others - New York unemployment benefits | Examiner.com
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Thanks for this info, I wish GA had and will be so proactive. As a 99er in this state being single w/o kids all I qualify for is SNAPS (food stamps).

I've spent Monday and today going from church chairities to county facilities looking for help with my electric bill (I'm all elect). After spending a total of 10 hours I will get 2 months paid, but it is a one time deal, so in the dead of winter I'll loose my electricity. In my area the food banks are empty, I don't used them because of SNAPS and I feel I can make it on that and leave the food banks to others who are worse off. There is no help for phones, rent/mortgage unless you have children.

I think we will be facing some real disasters this winter, as people loose power, water, heat along with being thrown out of homes. I remember so many stories of the elderly freezing to death because they couldn't pay their heating bills. I know in many of the northern states they don't let that happen but here in GA they will and do turn it off for non-payment in the middle of the winter. I live in NE GA and we get below freezing often.

At least in NY the state is trying to help those who are in serious trouble.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Thanks for this info, I wish GA had and will be so proactive. As a 99er in this state being single w/o kids all I qualify for is SNAPS (food stamps).

I've spent Monday and today going from church chairities to county facilities looking for help with my electric bill (I'm all elect). After spending a total of 10 hours I will get 2 months paid, but it is a one time deal, so in the dead of winter I'll loose my electricity. In my area the food banks are empty, I don't used them because of SNAPS and I feel I can make it on that and leave the food banks to others who are worse off. There is no help for phones, rent/mortgage unless you have children.

I think we will be facing some real disasters this winter, as people loose power, water, heat along with being thrown out of homes. I remember so many stories of the elderly freezing to death because they couldn't pay their heating bills. I know in many of the northern states they don't let that happen but here in GA they will and do turn it off for non-payment in the middle of the winter. I live in NE GA and we get below freezing often.

At least in NY the state is trying to help those who are in serious trouble.
I know that New Jersey is also being more flexible in providing assistance beyond food stamps -- particularly for single adults (with no dependents) who aren't old enough to qualify for the 65+ senior benefits.

While I realize that the funding for these state-administered programs is becoming more strapped, I'm hopeful that moving forward we will see more of this attention to jobless caught in the netherworld of "too old for many jobs, too young for traditional benefits."

I would encourage anyone who needs assistance to apply -- even if they have been denied help in the past. Many states are changing their eligibility criteria in the face of the currently gloomy outlook for continuing federal unemployment benefits at this time.
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