Opinion: Email to Baruch College about RF CUNY. July 14, 2022.

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Greetings Baruch College,

First and foremost, you and your team are doing an amazing job running Baruch College. I love Baruch College. Especially for a street homeless person such as myself, it’s great to be part of the CUNY community.

Baruch College / The City University of New York is the best opportunity ever. That goes 10X for me.

Additionally, CUNY Edge is as helpful as humanly possible.

CUNY Edge could not make keeping up with my Human Resources Administration documentation any easier.

I always treat everyone at CUNY Edge with the utmost respect at all times as I treat everyone that is connected with CUNY and Baruch College.

I’m 45 years old. I understand that life isn’t perfect. I just want to quickly bring something to your attention.

All the Baruch College students that are on public assistance are assigned hours by HRA to work for the RF CUNY fellowship program. The amount of hours can be anywhere from 0 hours per week to I suspect 20 or 30 hours per week.

As I stated CUNY Edge is as helpful and as great a resource as humanly possible. CUNY Edge is as great as it gets. This has nothing to do with CUNY Edge. CUNY Edge is just the messenger.

I don’t take it for granted how easy CUNY Edge makes it for students like myself on public assistance.

I have a suspicion that a number of colleges might be a lot more work and not as quick turnaround time for students on public assistance to submit their documentation to HRA.

I’m experienced enough to know that I have no idea who makes the policy for the RF CUNY fellowship program at Baruch College and CUNY.

Even if I did know I still treat everyone at CUNY, Baruch College, RF CUNY, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. That is regardless if I get my way or not.

Here is the situation.

I was notified by CUNY Edge that some public assistance students are able to get RF CUNY fellowship program hours and others are not.

RF CUNY pays about $15 per hour if I’m correct. For someone like myself on welfare that is a lot of money.

Plus working for the RF CUNY fellowship program doesn’t throw my HRA case into a tailspin like any other job would.

I could be 100% wrong and if I am I apologize for this note.

I suspect that there are students at Baruch College working 10, 20, and maybe more hours per week at Baruch College for the RF CUNY fellowship program.

Simultaneously, there are students such as myself that are designated by HRA to work 5 to 20 or more hours per week that are getting 0 hours from the Baruch College RF CUNY fellowship program.

In my humble opinion, I think it would be more fair if the hours were split up so that everyone receives some hours.

The last 4 semesters Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 1, Summer 2, I’ve received 0 hours and I was assigned hours from HRA every semester.

I understand that I am not president of the universe. I’m not the CEO of RF CUNY. I’m not the Chancellor of CUNY. I’m not the Mayor of New York City.

I would like to be the Mayor of New York City one day. If I become mayor I promise to raise the budget to CUNY maybe double or triple it.

I have an idea for a few additional two year schools that would be awesome. I’ll send you that note later.

If no one agrees with me it’s OK. Life goes on. I just want to bring this situation to your attention.

If you are too busy to respond it’s no big deal. If you have any advice regarding this situation it would be appreciated.

Also, before I started CUNY I didn’t have a laptop. I didn’t have anything so I never forget how thankful I am for CUNY. I’m sitting in Central Park typing this message on a laptop that was given to my by Baruch College / CUNY. To not appreciate that would be insanity.

Thank you again for the amazing opportunity that is Baruch College.

Have a great day.

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to the New York City welfare office (HRA) on July 11, 2022.

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Greetings HRA, 

First and foremost thank you for all the help. 

I am a full time Baruch College student that has been living in the street homeless for the past five years. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. 

I always treat all the HRA staff and security guards with the absolute utmost respect at all times. Most of the welfare recipients are respectful with the HRA staff like myself but it’s still a demanding job for the HRA team and they are appreciated. 

I’m not taking any classes this summer at Baruch College.

I was signed up for two classes and I dropped them both. 

I dropped one summer class at Baruch College on June 13, 2022. I dropped the second Baruch College summer class a week or two later. 

Fall 2022 I’m signed up for a full time schedule at Baruch College. That starts on August 25, 2022. 

In the meantime I did all the preparation to work for RF CUNY at Baruch College although I don’t believe there are any job openings. 

I went on a RF CUNY interview for the library and they said they had a large number of applicants for the position so they couldn’t hire me. 

When I was at LaGuardia Community College before Baruch College I was able to obtain a job with RF CUNY very easily. I assume that’s because it’s a much smaller school. 

At first I didn’t realize how competitive RF CUNY is at Baruch College so I was asking for the library. Now that I realize I might not be able to land a RF CUNY job at all I notified the CUNY Edge office I’ll take a job in any department. 

The reason for this note is that classes don’t start again until August 25, 2022.

Due to the fact that there are no openings at RF CUNY I’m unable to find a job so I’m not working. 

I’m still receiving the MetroCard money every week. If I’m not supposed to be receiving the MetroCard money I just wanted to point it out because I don’t want anything that isn’t mine. I always follow the HRA rules exactly as they are required. 

I just recertified my public assistance case so I’m set until June 2023. I just don’t believe I’m supposed to receive the MetroCard money if I’m not working for RF CUNY and I’m off from school. That was my experience last summer. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine

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Email to HRA about my welfare case on July 6, 2022.

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Greetings HRA,

First and foremost, thank you very much for all the help and information. 

I believe there might be a ;mistake with my Access HRA account. 

Last month my SNAP account or food stamps were added to my account on June 10, 2022. 

Today is July 6, 2022 and I’m not seeing any future payments on my account. 

Usually by now my Access HRA account would show when the next future payment. 

My next recertification is for June 2023. 

I’m a full time student at Baruch College. 

My classes start back up on August 25, 2022. 

In the meantime, I’m waiting for my next interview for RF CUNY. 

Can someone please look into my account and see why there are no future payments showing? 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

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Email to HRA (NYC welfare office) about my storage room. June 9, 2022.

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Greetings HRA, 

First and foremost thank you very much for all the help. The whole HRA staff is as helpful as humanly possible. 

I just submitted my storage payment for the month of July 2022. For some reason, the bill doesn’t get paid unless I send an email here. For example, there have been months where I had to pay the bill out of the other money you send me or the payment would have been late. 

When I receive the bill from the storage company I take a screenshot of the bill on my phone and upload a perfectly clear copy into the HRA app. 

I just completed my recertification. If I’m correct everything went perfectly: the interview, the documentation from CUNY Edge and me, etc. Your team at the 14th Street HRA location was very helpful. 

Please help with the storage payment if possible. If you require any additional information from me please let me know. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

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Email to New York City Human Resources Administration about my welfare case recertification. June 7, 2022.

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Greetings HRA,

I turned in all my documentation for my recertification. 

Baruch College turned in the school documentation. 

I had my interview in person at 14 Street Manhattan today June 7, 2022. 

I just noticed in my account that there was a language questionnaire. 

After I filled out and completed the language questionnaire I uploaded it into the Access HRA app. 

I uploaded it into the other tab because I didn’t see a tab for language questionnaires. 

I’ll keep checking for any additional updates. 

Please let me know if anything else is needed for my recertification. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

Email to the New York City public assistance office about my storage room. May 14, 2022.

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Greetings HRA,

First and foremost, thank you and your staff for the amazing help you provide to New Yorkers including myself. I always treat your staff with the utmost respect at all times. 

I just uploaded my new storage bill on May 11, 2022. The bill is due by June 1, 2022. 

I downloaded the bill PDF from the storage company on my phone. Then I took a screenshot of the storage bill PDF. Then I uploaded the picture storage bill PDF into the HRA app. 

From my experience, the result is a perfectly clear copy of my storage bill reaches your staff. 

For the past two or three months, I submit my storage bill and the check doesn’t go out until past the due date. Also, I have to email your office through the public web form every month or the check isn’t mailed to the storage company. 

I’m not sure why that’s the case. 

It seems like common sense that everyone on public assistance doesn’t have to visit their HRA center every single month. That would be a huge amount of extra work for your team. 

I also can’t imagine that every month, all New Yorker’s on public assistance or SNAP (food stamps) have to contact your staff via this web form. 

Please help me if you can figure out why I have to contact your office every month to have the check mailed to my storage company. I asked the good people at HRA 14 Street and they don’t know. 

If there is anything else I have to do please let me know and I’ll do it immediatly. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

Your City of New York Correspondence Number is #1-1-4241963

Opinion: Email to the Commissioner of the New York City welfare office.

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Greetings Commissioner Department of Social Services

Thank you very much for the amazing work you and your staff does. You have saved my life and continue to save it every day. 

Thanks to HRA (link to HRA website) not only do I have food to eat, I’m able to attend Baruch College which is the best opportunity of all time. 

Quick mention. I uploaded a crystal clear copy of my storage room invoice to Access HRA for April 2022 on March 8, 2022. 

The invoice has not been paid. Today is 3/21/2022. 

Please advise if you have any advice regarding what I should do. 

Also, I just want to mention that I always treat your staff with the utmost respect at all times. I understand that situations arise, and it’s no big deal. Hopefully everything will be worked out before the end of the month. 

Regardless if the situation is resolved or not, I will continue to treat your team with the absolute utmost respect at all times. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

City of New York Correspondence Number is #1-1-5238186