PROJECT FAIR IS A COLLABORATIVE, CITYWIDE PROJECT WORKING TOWARDS GREATER ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR LOW-INCOME AND HOMELESS NEW YORKERS.
Project FAIR empowers individuals and communities by increasing access to information about public benefits programs, rights in the administrative fair hearing process, and, services throughout the City by helping individuals secure quality fair hearing representation and assistance for cash assistance, food stamp, and Medicaid applicants and recipients; and, by serving as a resource for organizations working with low-income and homeless New Yorkers.
Specifically, Project FAIR recruits, trains, and mentors advocates to staff a help desk on-site at the fair hearing site to provide information and referrals to unrepresented benefits applicants and recipients. In addition, Project FAIR provides fair hearing workshops and technical assistance for the staff and members of community, social service, and legal organizations Citywide.
Our work grows more important each day. Over 2.5 million New York City residents receive public assistance, food stamps, or Medicaid. In the hundreds of fair hearings held each day to resolve problems with these benefits, almost 98% of individuals appear without representation or assistance.
As the only agency located on site at the main fair hearing site and the only agency specializing in fair hearings, Project FAIR brings access to information and assistance to people when and where they need it the most.