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  • A guide to emergency assistance, special grants and ongoing financial help

    This guide provides information on emergency assistance for utility bills, rent, shelter, security agreements, furniture, and pregnancy. It also has info on visitor allowances, housing for people with AIDS or HIV, restaurant allowances, help with camp fees, furniture and clothing replacement, home repairs, temporary assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and more. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

Basic information about fair hearings (7)+

  • Fair Hearings Part I

    This online interactive program will help you ask for and get ready for a Fair Hearing. Content Detail

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    Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.- LawNY® - Geneva Office and LawHelpNY®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Fair Hearings Part II

    This online interactive program will help you understand what happens at a Fair Hearing and what to do if you win or lose your Fair Hearing. Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.- LawNY® - Geneva Office and LawHelpNY®
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Fair Hearing

    General information on fair hearings, including when and how to ask for one. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
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    Spanish / Español
  • FAIR HEARING REQUEST FORM

    This form can be used to request a Fair Hearing. You have a right to request a Fair Hearing to challenge virtually any action (or lack of action) that the Social Services agency takes on your request for benefits (welfare, food stamps, HEAP, child care, Medicaid, and other programs). You also have a right to request a Fair Hearing if Social Services makes a change to benefits that you already get, and you disagree with that change. Content Detail

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    The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Fair Hearings

    This fact sheet from the government answers many questions about fair hearings, including how to request one and what happens next. Content Detail

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    New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • How To Win Your Fair Hearing

    Information on how to prepare and win your fair hearing. Content Detail

  • What is a Fair Hearing?

    A Fair Hearing is a chance for you to tell an Administrative Law Judge (from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Office of Administrative Hearings) why you think a decision about your case made by a local social services agency is wrong. Content Detail

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    The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

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  • Article 78 Proceedings – How to Appeal an Agency Decision

    If you disagree with an agency decision, you can appeal the decision to the New York courts. You can do so by bringing an “Article 78 Proceeding.” Read more here. Content Detail

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    Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.- LawNY® - Geneva Office
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    Spanish / Español
  • Fair Hearings

    If the Department of Social Services (DSS) does something you do not agree with you have the right to request a fair hearing. Requesting a fair hearing allows you to challenge their decision and explain why you disagree to an administrative law judge. You can request a hearing online, through mail, fax, or over the phone. Find those resources and more here. Content Detail

    By:
    Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.- LawNY® - Geneva Office
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    Spanish / Español

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