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Legal Clinic for the Homeless: Adam Lapayover

Through volunteering with CBJC's Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project, Amanda Prentice and Nick Ackerman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP helped secure a victory for a client who was previously unrepresented and struggling to navigate the federal court system.
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October 13, 2021

End of Pandemic-Related SNAP Benefits Blunts Impact of October Increase in SNAP

Beginning in October 2021, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will see a modest increase in benefits. The Biden Administration revised the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to set the SNAP benefit amounts that recipients receive monthly.

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October 04, 2021

Veterans Will Be Expected to Repay Over $116 Million in Excessive Payments Due to VA Delays

OIG estimated VBA made excessive payments on about 16,000 of 47,400 or 34% of claims. During the one-year review period, this resulted in about $116 million in ostensibly excessive payments to veterans and if these issues continue, the report estimates VBA will make $232 million in excessive payments to veterans over the next two years.

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February 23, 2021

Coqui the Chef: How a Puerto-Rican Entrepreneur Learned to Adapt and Thrive During the Pandemic

Written by Deborah Pantaleon, Project Coordinator of the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project. Small business owners face an array of endless challenges ranging from money management to customer retention – issues that have heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tania Lopez, a NYC-based microentrepreneur, is no stranger to the difficulties of operating a small business. In 2013, … Continue reading Coqui the Chef: How a Puerto-Rican Entrepreneur Learned to Adapt and Thrive During the Pandemic

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August 19, 2020

#WiFi4Homeless: A Virtual Existence with Virtually No Internet

Sam H. speaks to me from his shelter today, where there has been a complete Wi-Fi outage all day. Sam firmly believes there should be “client accessible Wi-Fi (not weak and intermittent) in every shelter, laptop bans should be prohibited by DHS (Department of Homeless Services), and all shelters should have computer labs”. Specifically, Sam would like to be able to access important email communications or his LinkedIn account to network.

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