Nassau County residents can apply on-line by clicking www.mybenefits.ny.gov
may also mail in their applications
which may be obtained by calling (516) 227-8523. Residents may also come in during regular business hours.
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Households containing an individual age 60 or over, or one
who is permanently disabled, do not have to meet the gross monthly income test.
If your household has little or no money and requires help right away, you may be able to receive “expedited” benefits to meet your food needs under SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). You must be interviewed first in order to determine eligibility. If you qualify, you will receive your initial benefit within five days of application. You will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply all necessary and requested documentation within 30 days.
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A Few Words about the D-SNAP Program
Nassau County DSS has received a number of inquiries seeking information as to why the county decided not to implement the D-SNAP food stamp program at this time.
In response to these inquiries we thought it would be helpful to provide the following information in order to further understand Nassau’s reasons to not implement D-SNAP.
Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, over 20 FEMA food centers were promptly dispatched and remained for several weeks throughout Nassau County. Several food distribution centers were also set up by the towns, and food pantries and all the DSS shelters and (main DSS application center) were all adequately stocked with food. The Red Cross fully stocked its emergency shelters throughout the county, in addition to several of its own emergency food vans strategically placed in the communities hardest hit by Sandy.
Food Banks were also available at each of the county’s Disaster Recovery Centers and New York State added the automatic replacement benefits plus 50% increase to all of Nassau County’s 40,000 SNAP (food stamp) beneficiaries.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (which licenses all Social Services departments) advised counties against implementing D-SNAP if there was any likelihood of current social services to residents being interrupted and delayed. The Nassau County Department of Social Services acted on this advice, as implementing the D-SNAP program would have seriously detracted from assisting our Nassau County’s 40,000 current food stamp recipients in addition to the 2,000 per month new food stamp applications through on-line submissions, faxes and walk-ins.
Those who have taken the opportunity to fully review the 81-page instruction manual for D-SNAP have found it an onerous and cumbersome document which has among its requirements the provision of the following recommended minimal staffing requirements: “Site Manager; Assistant Site Manager; Supervisors; Eligibility Workers; Bi-Lingual Eligibility Workers; Issuance Worker; Application Screener; Fraud Prevention Staff; Shipper (at least 2 for larger counties such as Nassau); Offsite Key-entry worker; Troubleshooter; On-site review staff; Call Center Specialists volunteers; Medical Staff and Security Personnel.”
Such “minimal staffing requirements” are indeed impossible to meet given the needs of our current DSS caseloads and the absence of full reimbursement to the county for its administrative costs.
(DSS currently provides services to more than 250,000 residents of Nassau County)
However well-intended, the D-SNAP program was announced without any provision of staffing resources or guaranteed funding for administrative expenses from the State and Federal government - in essence the same as an “unfunded mandate.” Local governments can no longer simply enact programs for which reimbursement to the taxpayers is not guaranteed.
In speaking with several upstate DSS Commissioners who implemented D-SNAP during Hurricane Irene earlier last year, the consensus was the same – it is an unhelpful, unworkable and expensive program fraught with administrative overlays and resource depletions that ultimately do not fulfill the goals for which it is intended. Furthermore, the upstate counties were never reimbursed for all the administrative costs they expended for the program – and those costs had to be assumed by their local taxpayers.
Given all the considerations provide above, the Nassau County Department of Social Services consulted with our leadership staff, reviewed the entire matter with the County Executive and consulted with other Commissioners in the disaster-designated counties. Based on all the information at hand, and unless and until the state and Federal government will assure us of 100% reimbursement of our administrative expenses, in our judgment Nassau County has made a thoughtful, correct and prudent decision on behalf of all its citizens and taxpayers.
Further information on eligibility for SNAP (food stamp) and other public assistance benefits can be accessed at https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/