One of the provisions in the Governor’s proposal concerns something called “full family sanctions.” When a someone in a family receiving welfare is thought to have broken a rule, they receive sanctions – i.e., a reduction in their welfare grant. Currently, household containing a sanctioned individual has their welfare grant reduced only by the amount that one person in that household would receive. For example, a family of three people with a sanctioned member receives a welfare grant equal in amount to that of a family of two.
Under current law, the children in sanctioned families continue to have their basic needs met. Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal changes this law, eliminating the entire family’s welfare grant.
The upshot of this change is that tens of thousands of children in sanctioned families will no longer continue to have their basic needs met. Not only will they lose their housing, child care and access to food stamps, but research suggests that they will also be at greater risk of educational failure, health problems, and foster care involvement.
You can speak out against this provision!
Reach out to your NYS Assembly representative and tell them to move against these child sanctions! Pay particular attention to the members of the Social Services Committee.
Check back early next week for model language and talking points that you can use in a letter, email or phone call!
In the mean time, for more information about this, check out the Citizen’s Committee for Children’s Statement about the Governor’s Proposal:
“To help close a $10 billion budget deficit, Governor Cuomo’s budget shifts traditional state supports to struggling counties and reduces spending on a wide-array of services and programs for children and youth that have already been proven effective at producing positive outcomes and preventing more costly interventions”