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This was a live recorded presentation presented in collaboration with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., Action for a Better Community, Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, CASH at Empire Justice Center, and The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, New York on CASH and the Child Tax Credit.
This was a live recorded presentation presented in collaboration with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., Action for a Better Community, Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, CASH at Empire Justice Center, and The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, New York on CASH and the Child Tax Credit.
  What is an Article 78 Proceeding? An Article 78 proceeding is used to appeal the decision of a New York State or local agency to the New York courts.
The Fair Hearing Process  
If you have an emergency and cannot afford to solve the problem, your local Department of Social Services (DSS) may be able to help. You DO NOT need to be eligible for public assistance to get emergency assistance. What is an emergency DSS can help with?
Do I have to participate in Public Assistance work activities or a Work Experience Program (WEP)?  When you apply for or receive Public Assistance, unless the Department of Social Services (DSS) says that you are exempt (not able to work), you must participate in work activities as assigned. Work activities will sometimes include educational activities. Who is exempt from participating in Public Assistance work activities? The following is a list of ways that people can be exempt from Public Assistance work activities:
What is a lien? A lien is a claim against property that FKmay be used to repay a debt.  If you sell property that has a lien against it, the lien must be repaid before you get any money from the sale. Can the Department of Social Services (DSS) force me to put lien on my home before I can get public assistance?
Note: The genders used below are for simplicity in most of the article. For example, if you are a father caring for a child under 21 and you apply for Public Assistance, you may also have to go through the requirements below. The difference will be that DSS will want information on the mother of the child.   What happens if I already receive child support?
Each year, people have problems with receiving public assistance benefits. If you know your rights and plan in advance, some problems can be prevented. If it is important, put it in writing– on paper or online
What can I do if I get a fair hearing decision that I disagree with?