Critics hit city on food stamp work rules
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum slammed the Bloomberg administration Thursday for keeping a policy requiring some food stamp recipients to work.
The federal stimulus bill axed a rule that able-bodied adults with no dependents must work if theyve been on food stamps for more than three months during a three-year period.
Gotbaum said the city loses $155 million in federal funds by keeping the rule.
"Food stamps are an essential part of the stimulus because the money ultimately goes to our citys small businesses: grocery stores and bodegas, green markets and vegetable stands," she said.
The city denied its turning down money.
"These policies, including work experience programs for people who are not able to comply with the requirements, have a proven track record of helping people out of poverty, said Barbara Brancaccio, a spokeswoman for the city's Human Resources Administration