State Announces $7 Million in Funding to Help Disabled Obtain Federal Benefits

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Legal Assistance Aids Those Appealing Denial of Benefits – The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that more than $7 million has been awarded to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits.

A total of $6.8 million is being awarded through the Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) to 12 agencies to provide legal representation to people whose disability benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and SSI State Supplementation Program (SSP), have been denied or may be discontinued. The funding ensures applicants will have legal advocates as they continue to seek disability benefits by moving through the difficult federal appeals process. Read more…

OTDA Helps Open Supportive Housing Project for Domestic Violence Survivors in the Bronx

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$3.1 Million from HHAP Supports New Destiny’s 39-Unit Project – The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) recently helped celebrate the grand opening of The Morris, a 39-unit building in the Bronx that includes 19 units set aside as permanent supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

The $13 million project, developed by New Destiny Housing, was supported with $3.1 million from OTDA’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP). Read more…

State Announces $500,000 to Help Low-Income Monroe County Residents Improve Skills, Become Employed

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Programs Focus on Developing Skills Needed to Succeed in the Workplace – The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that $500,000 in funding has been awarded to improve the literacy and job skills of low-income New Yorkers and help them enter the workforce through subsidized employment. The funding comes from programs aimed at helping more than 120 individuals in Monroe County with job readiness and job placement, and was announced as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Capital for a Day” held in Rochester.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester and Rochester Works, Inc. were each awarded $200,000 through the Wage Subsidy Program to help low-income individuals with barriers to employment to get jobs. The Rochester City School District received $100,000 through the Educational Resources Program to improve the literacy and job-related skills of low-income individuals to increase their employability. Read more…