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Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Cases & Credits

A cancer patient denied welfare assistance

Ms. A. was a 22-year-old cancer patient who suffered from frequent seizures, weakness on her left side, migraines and fatigue resulting from a brain tumor and related surgeries. She was forced to quit her job as a nurse's assistant, leaving her with no income.

Ms. A. applied for public assistance and food stamps to cover her basic needs, but was denied because the City's welfare agency claimed she was employed and had an open welfare case in another state. She had provided evidence that this was untrue, but was still denied and did not know what to do next.

The Legal Clinic for the Homeless advocated directly with the welfare center, providing them with numerous documents showing that Ms. A. was not in fact employed, did not have an open welfare case, and proof of her medical condition. With this added legal help, Ms. A. finally received her public assistance and food stamps retroactively to her first date of application.