This month, the state of New York announced the distribution of $20 million in federal funds to assist struggling New Yorkers in multigenerational households in avoiding food insecurity. The Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund, administered by the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, will offer a one-time payment to households with both a youngster and an older adult to help cover food expenses.
“Those New Yorkers who were already struggling before the public health catastrophe began are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said OTDA Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz. “As our state recovers from the economic turbulence of the past two years, this one-time benefit will provide welcome relief to older adults with children or teens living in their homes.”
Beginning April 23, OTDA will make one-time payments to households receiving public assistance or SNAP who have both an adult on the case, which is 55 or older, and a child who is 17 or under and who are both receiving these benefits. For each qualifying older adult in the home, households will get $730.
The funds will be made directly to the household’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account by OTDA, with roughly 26,300 homes likely to benefit. OTDA will send a written notice to eligible families notifying them of the real benefits they will receive.
The Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund was established as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help low-income families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to government standards, the funds must be utilized to provide non-recurring, short-term assistance to impacted families with children to address a specific short-term circumstance or need.
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OTDA funded $18.2 million earlier this year to offer one-time payments of $140 to all families receiving public assistance or SNAP with a child under the age of three to help with the expense of diapers. More than 130,000 children in the state benefited from the money.