News Story (Florida)
June 1, 2016
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Tags: Public Benefits
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI)
What happened was letters went out to places like homeless shelters explaining benefits were now tied to work requirements. But a lot of people said they didn’t get the letters.
People who did had the option of sending in a doctor’s note showing they were unable to work. But many didn’t have doctors — let alone notes.
That’s where McGivern got involved.
“I mean … we’re talking about $194 in food stamps,” McGivern said. “You have legal services attorneys involved just to get a note from a doctor to an agency saying that a homeless person is too disabled to work.”