The purpose of this policy bulletin is to inform Job Center and Non Cash Assistance Food Stamp (NCA FS) Center staff about an agreement to grant restoration of lost Food Stamp (FS) benefits to certain class members in Reynolds v. Giuliani.
The Reynolds class members targeted for restored FS benefits are households who were improperly denied a separate determination of FS eligibility when their Cash Assistance (CA) case was closed or denied. Cases that were closed for CA after being active for recurring CA benefits will not be offered restored FS benefits. Only CA closings in which the household was issued a pre-determination immediate needs (code 44) benefit but was not authorized to receive recurring CA benefits will be offered restored FS benefits. In these instances, the status of the CA portion of the case would have changed from Single Issue (SI) to Closed (CL).
Under the first phase of the restoration process, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) will issue eligible households restored FS benefits lost as a result of the Agency's failure to make a separate FS determination when their CA case was closed or denied between December 15, 2005 and November 30, 2006. A second phase will address cases that should have received a FS separate determination for CA cases that were closed or denied between December 1, 2006 and July 31, 2007.