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Long Lines At State Offices For Low-Income Aid; Confusion About Food Stamps (Connecticut)
Hartford Courant ^ | 9/26/2011 | JANICE PODSADA AND HILDA MUNOZ

Posted on 09/26/2011 12:08:20 PM PDT by RightGeek

Long lines formed early Monday morning outside state Department of Social Services field offices, as low-income residents sought one-time payments for losses incurred during Tropical Storm Irene.

By mid-morning Monday, more than 400 people stood in line outside the DSS office on North Main Street, next to the Connecticut Works center. The office is one of 12 statewide where state officials are distributing ATM-style cards allowing people to make approved purchases.

But many of those standing in the long, snaking line early Monday said it wasn't clear who was eligible for the one-time payments or who needed to stand in line. Information was not readily available to applicants until they reached the front of the line, a two to four hour wait.

The program is not available for recipients of food stamps, which is the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Eligible food stamp clients are already receiving disaster aid under another program and do not need to apply in person.

Despite that, many of the people waiting in line Monday, including Taushanin Valle, were regular food stamp recipients. Valle, a waitress who recently moved to Manchester, said she was away from her Hartford apartment during the tropical storm, and had left her windows open. Carpets and clothing was damaged and the food in her refrigerator spoiled after her building lost power.

At 10 a.m. Valle said she had been on line for about two hours. Valle said she had heard that the program is not for food stamp clients, but she said a friend on food stamps had received $375. She shrugged her shoulders and said, "We'll see….I'm still going to give it a try."

Shantae Ortiz, 32, a food stamp recipient, got to the front of the line only to be told that she did not need to have stood in line. "It's only for people who don't receive food stamps," Ortiz, a single mother, began telling others.

"This is for the people who don't receive food stamps. If you already get them, you will see the relief on your benefits card," Ortiz said.

About noon, a woman with End Hunger CT! began distributing fliers explaining the program's rules and requirements to those standing in line. When it became clear that there weren't enough fliers to go around, the woman told people to "share this information."

A spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Social Services said this is the first time the state has offered disaster SNAP benefits and DSS wasn't sure what the response would be.

"I don't think we've ever seen anything like this at our offices," David Dearborn, the agency's spokesman said.

"We've had to send reinforcements to our regional offices to help with the number of applications," Dearborn said.

"We have people who used to be eligibility specialists, trainers, hearing officers, staff who work in other parts of the agency have been dispatched to regional offices to try to keep up with the applications," he said.

He said the number of applicants has built up over the past few days. Last Wednesday the first day, the agency had 451 applicants statewide.

Thursday the number of applicants rose to 1,292 applicants and by Friday, the tally was 1,949.

They've had 3,701 applicants statewide, but the number doesn't include today's applicants nor does it include "rain checks," given to people who didn't get to apply by the end of the day.

The offices are accepting applications from 8:30 until 3:30 pm., but Dearborn says lines have started well before 8:30 a.m.

He said lines have formed at most, if not all of the agency's 12 offices, with major cities like New Haven, Bridgeport, Manchester, Waterbury and Hartford reporting the longest lines.

People already enrolled in SNAP are not eligible because there is already a process in place to help them. This is for people who are not enrolled in SNAP who incurred losses related to Tropical Storm Irene.

But information and apparently misinformation about the federal government storm relief program spread rapidly through word-of-mouth and on Facebook over the weekend.

"Somebody went and got some money and posted it on Facebook," Jones said "And you know how many people are on Facebook."

Jessica Dejesus, of Manchester, said she had received the one-time disaster aid on her most recent her food stamp allotment.

"On my card they just added an extra $50 for storm relief," said Dejesus said, who said she was waiting for a friend.

Millie Jones, of Bloomfield, hoped to receive a storm relief payment for the two weeks' worth of groceries that spoiled when the electricity went out in her home. Jones is not currently receiving food stamps, so she needed to stand in line to be eligible for compensation.

"I lost power for three days. I just need enough to cover what I lost — about $200. I don't have any receipts. Who keeps receipts?" said Jones, 49, a certified nursing assistant.

The assistance, under a federal program called Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), offers aid ranging from $200 for a single adult to $952 for a family of six, the department said. Tuesday is the last day for people to apply.

Although the program is financed through the federal food assistance agency, eligible expenses can include loss of income, medical costs, child care or repair or replacement of property — as long as no insurance or other disaster relief also covered the same losses.

To be eligible for the one-time D-SNAP aid, applicants must have a combination of take-home income and bank accounts for the period from Aug. 27 to Sept. 25 that does not exceed $2,186 for a single person; $2,847 for a household of two; $3,272 for a household of three; and $3,859 for a household of four. The income counted includes public assistance.

More information is available at http://www.ct.gov/dss or by calling 2-1-1.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dsnap; moochers; welfare
Check out some of the stories from these characters.


1 posted on 09/26/2011 12:08:32 PM PDT by RightGeek
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To: RightGeek

2 posted on 09/26/2011 12:10:33 PM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: RightGeek

Where’s my Obama money at?


3 posted on 09/26/2011 12:11:39 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: RightGeek

Seems like just a bit of a disconnect between this and Zero being out in Silicon Valley, San Diego and La La land raising campaign money today.


4 posted on 09/26/2011 12:11:39 PM PDT by rod1
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To: RightGeek

This is disgusting.


5 posted on 09/26/2011 12:13:08 PM PDT by dforest
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To: RightGeek; CodeToad; blackie
Hope ain't hiring, and recovery is still around the corner.


6 posted on 09/26/2011 12:13:13 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: RightGeek

Like flies on $h!t.


7 posted on 09/26/2011 12:13:55 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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8 posted on 09/26/2011 12:15:05 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: 109ACS
President Poverty
9 posted on 09/26/2011 12:25:10 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: RightGeek
The ways in which our governments bleed money are endless, as are the schemes for new benefits and entitlements. We will never get out of debt without a wholesale lobotomy of what our country has become.
10 posted on 09/26/2011 12:26:00 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: RightGeek

Anyone who believes paying taxes is a moral, ethical, or righteous citizen’s duty is a fool.


11 posted on 09/26/2011 12:27:18 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: RightGeek

Round up the usual demographic...

12 posted on 09/26/2011 12:30:35 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RightGeek

Sad part is....even if they were waiting for their monthly chicken and 5 pounds of flour, they would still sing Obamas name in praise for the blessing and blame everybody else for their woes.


13 posted on 09/26/2011 12:33:04 PM PDT by digger48
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To: indylindy
This is disgusting.

Come on, the lady needs the money. She left her window open and the floor got wet. Where's your compassion?

14 posted on 09/26/2011 12:36:32 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Come to Memphis. Even the municipal court judges earning 200K a year use the EBT card to buy their food.


15 posted on 09/26/2011 12:42:48 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: RightGeek
Valle, a waitress who recently moved to Manchester, said she was away from her Hartford apartment during the tropical storm, and had left her windows open. Carpets and clothing was damaged and the food in her refrigerator spoiled after her building lost power. I feel so much better knowing our hard-earned money is going to pay to put food in this idiot's mouth. It's not like she didn't know a hurricane was coming. Of course, if we're talking about Zero voters, then maybe she really didn't. In today's junk mail, we received a mailing for 'free cell phones w/free minutes' if you receive gov't benefits such as food stamps, section 8, or Medicaid. Since my husband actually works for a living as an engineer, we're too 'rich' to receive said benefits. To us, things like cell phones, satellite, and internet are luxuries, which we pay for out of the money he earns after putting in 50 hours a week. What's nice is our 13-year-old daughter is waking up to the fact that these things are 'so stupid' (as she puts it). She wonders aloud all the time why people voted for TOTUS. Even she understands that if you don't have the money for it, you don't buy it (heck, our 9 and 7 y.o. children understand it).
16 posted on 09/26/2011 12:45:34 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

Sorry about the formatting!


17 posted on 09/26/2011 12:46:43 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: Travis McGee

Today’s soup lines: 45 million on food stamps. How wonderful.


18 posted on 09/26/2011 12:55:45 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: San Jacinto

I am heartless.


19 posted on 09/26/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Travis McGee

Gee a simple line on the sidewalk? back then did’t need any cattle fences to keep neat lines; what happened?


20 posted on 09/26/2011 1:07:48 PM PDT by BilLies
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To: 109ACS
Art imitates life:


21 posted on 09/26/2011 1:08:28 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: PGR88

Exactly - to the contrary, it is everyone’s moral, ethical, and righteous duty to pay as little in taxes as possible within the law.


22 posted on 09/26/2011 1:11:51 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: evets

LMAO!!!!


23 posted on 09/26/2011 1:20:19 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: gibsosa

This is good news for president poverty and his colwn posse. More dependents!


24 posted on 09/26/2011 1:31:17 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: RightGeek
this is the first time the state has offered disaster SNAP benefits and DSS wasn't sure what the response would be.

Really??????

25 posted on 09/26/2011 1:50:22 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma
had left her windows open. Carpets and clothing was damaged and the food in her refrigerator spoiled after her building lost power.

And we're supposed to pay for her foolish and (as far as survival matters) inconsequential mistake? WTH?

26 posted on 09/26/2011 2:06:21 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Mears

bfl


27 posted on 09/26/2011 2:12:29 PM PDT by Mears
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To: RightGeek

Hmmmm ! Where’s the racial diversity that we all try to attain?


28 posted on 09/26/2011 2:15:58 PM PDT by Mears
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To: evets

Man got the beer. Classic.


29 posted on 09/26/2011 2:19:28 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Squantos; CodeToad

“Round up the usual demographic... “ picture:

You slay me. I am in pieces.


30 posted on 09/26/2011 2:24:13 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: CodeToad
What happens when those EBT cards flash void or zero, for good. Or are not accepted by (white/asian) shop and store owners, during a financial panic, with the wireless/computer system down? It will be madness and looting in about one week, max. Beginning with the lynching and looting of stores owned/managed by non-minorities. And go downhill from there. Flashmobbing convenience stores and malls is a precursor event. Flashbeating stray non-minorities is another precursor. We are one week of no EBT funds away from a social meltdown.
31 posted on 09/26/2011 2:29:01 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Not to mention WIC, public housing free cable and phone, etc. I just hope those types of people stay lazy and are not willing to walk the many miles to my place.


32 posted on 09/26/2011 2:36:31 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Hodar
"EBT card. it's everywhere you want to be"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IGfe2tAUbM

33 posted on 09/26/2011 2:37:29 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: RightGeek
Funny, they don't look underfed.


34 posted on 09/26/2011 3:23:44 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Travis McGee

That scene could be in our future!


35 posted on 09/27/2011 7:43:45 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Mears
Where’s the racial diversity that we all try to attain?

Didn't you know? The government is trying to mandate diversity. The Justice Department is monitoring the percentage of blacks versus whites in terms of school suspension and expulsion because they say rates for blacks are much too high. To get school funds the rates are going to have to be even. I guess they haven't got around to looking at food stamps and welfare. They're still looking for the Jewish janitor's tax return.

36 posted on 09/27/2011 8:14:03 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

:-)


37 posted on 09/27/2011 11:59:27 AM PDT by Mears
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