By means of public assistance legislation, the federal government cooperates with the states to assist individuals with low incomes. One such form of assistance is Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The statute which authorizes this program requires that support be furnished with reasonable promptness to qualified individuals. Yet despite the clearly stated law, some state agencies remain unable or unwilling to process applications within the specified time period. This delay on the part of the state denies some applicants the benefits they are otherwise entitled to receive. The purposes of this Note will be: 1) to show that such a denial constitutes a deprivation of a property right protected by the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment, and 2) to suggest some possible remedies to redress the deprivation of this right.
The administrative hearing process is a fundamentally unfair system to low-income communities who receive public assistance benefits.
Analyses the problem of restricted public assistance programs due to bureaucratic hurdles in NYC. [Abstract only]
In recent years, the increased denial of benefits to people who are "eligible" for pubilc assitance has had devestating effects, and reforms are neccessary.
Roxane Picard∞ This is the second in a series of interviews with legal practitioners who are pursuing social change through their work. This conversation is between Mika Aoyama, a Senior Paralegal Case Handler in the Disability Advocacy Project at the