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Update: Public Charge

The Public Charge rule, which was proposed in October 2018 and finalized on August 14, 2019, would impact immigrants who receive benefits from critical low-income assistance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Section 8 housing vouchers, as their participation in these programs could result in being denied permanent residency in U.S.

City Harvest opposed this rule when it was first issued, and we are heartened that at this time, the rule is postponed for the foreseeable future while the lawsuit is decided. We remain hopeful that the rule will be withdrawn. As the Administration continues to enact harmful policies that threaten critical support systems, including SNAP, which millions of people in the country rely on, we will continue to advocate for the people we serve. We work on the front lines to feed New York City, and we have a responsibility to help all of our neighbors in need, regardless of who they are or where they come from.

We’ll continue to monitor the issue, working closely with City of New York and our partners across the city and country, and we will keep you updated as we learn more.

At this time, it is important to know that SNAP benefits and eligibility remain unchanged. If you are currently enrolled in these programs, you should continue to access your benefits. If you are eligible and would like to apply for benefits, you should do so.  Visit New York City’s ACCESS HRA to apply. 

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