The state’s massive effort to turn food stamps and welfare checks into ATM-type debit cards could result in unforeseen dangers for low-income New Yorkers, advocates charge.
Car violence is pervasive and unchallenged.
The politicians want welfare moms to pull themselves out of dependency. But in the fall of 1995, with Congress crafting an end to the nation’s guaranteed welfare benefits, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala and an organized band of homeless mothers took a more creative approach to “self-help” than the politicians ever had in mind.
Rents are rising, wages declining, and the pols in Albany are preparing to slice and dice the city’s number-one housing subsidy: welfare. As activists battle to preserve rent stabilization, even greater threats to low-income tenants lurk just around the corner.