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Life New York City Opinion

Opinion: Message to the Commissioner of HRA in New York City. October 7, 2021.

Greetings Steven Banks, Commissioner, Department of Social Services, 

First and foremost thank you for the help. HRA saved my life after people I grew up with paid NYC law enforcement to sabotage my web marketing clients. I have no criminal record. I don’t do anything illegal. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I’m a full-time student at Baruch College (12 credits this semester). I wish the public heard about homeless people like me more often.

I always treat everyone at HRA with the utmost respect at all times. Your staff is as good as it gets. I hold you all in the highest regard. 

As I stated, I’m a full-time student at Baruch College. The CUNY Edge office and I sent all the paperwork to prove that I’m a full-time student. For some reason, my Access HRA account is showing that they want information about job searches. 

“You need to give us these documents. If you don’t give us these documents, you may not receive benefits. You can view SNAP examples or view Cash Assistance examples. Proof of Job search activities (FIA-1021b Declaration of Job Search Activities) Proof of Eligibility for SNAP again because ABAWD rules are met (or no longer need to be met).”

My access HRA account also says Next Recertification Due: June 2022

Previously, I worked for RF CUNY. I was notified that RF CUNY is canceled this semester for full-time students.

Please let me know what I need to do to meet my requirements. The best way to reach me is via email or if you email me a phone number I’ll call. 

Thank you again for the amazing support you provide for everyone who receives benefits from HRA including myself. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Government New York City Opinion

Email to the New York City Human Resources Administration about losing my public benefits card.

Greetings Department of Social Services, 

I have received a few letters in the mail warning me that I might be in trouble for losing my public benefits card. 

First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone at the New York City Human Resources Administration. The help I receive from HRA is a lifesaver. 

I’m 44 years young and I have been homeless for about five years. I tried living in the shelters but I didn’t like it. 

For about the last year and a half, I have been attending The City University of New York. 

First I was at LaGuardia Community College. I earned a 3.975 GPA after 36 credits. 

Now I’m at Baruch College. I’m in my first semester and things are going very well. 

I have been robbed several times and had my wallet stolen. A few times I reported it to the police and there should be police reports on the NYPD computers. 

I don’t have a criminal record at all. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t do anything illegal. 

One time I went to HRA for a new public benefits card. HRA gave me a temporary card. After I went back to get the permanent card, I received a letter saying I’m in trouble for losing cards. 

I have been robbed of clothes, laptops, smartphones, and anything else you can imagine. I will continue to try and be as careful as possible. 

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve my standing with HRA. I do everything exactly as HRA requests. I treat the staff at all HRA locations with the utmost respect at all times. 

Please advise.

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

@markpine360 Tweet showing the confirmation regarding my email to the New York City Human Resources Administration.
This is a YouTube video of me reading this blog post.
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Government

Email to the HRA commissioner about the date of my public assistance case recertification.

Greetings HRA,

I always treat everyone at HRA, CUNY, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. That is more important than anything. 

My access HRA account says my recertification is for December 2020. I was outside of The Waverly Job Center this morning at seven this morning with my paperwork. 

When it was my turn the very nice person at the desk told me my recertification is for June 2021. 

I just wanted to double-check and make sure that is correct. I have had my case dropped once before with no explanation. 

I’m going to go back there at least three more times and wait in line for three hours to be one hundred percent sure that I don’t have recertification for a year and a half or more from the last one. 

If I’m correct my last HRA public assistance/cash assistance recertification case was November 2019. 

Please provide any feedback you deem appropriate.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

This is the email confirmation I received from HRA.

Thank you for contacting the City of New York. Your message has been forwarded to the appropriate agency for review and handling.

For future reference, your correspondence number is 1-1-4134723

Sincerely,

The City of New York

This is an auto-generated system message. Please do not reply to this message. Messages received through this address are not processed.

Thank you.

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Government New York City Law Enforcement

Email to the Nassau County District Attorney about people blowing weed smoke in my face on the New York City welfare line.

Greetings Nassau County District Attorney,

I’m at the Waverly Job Center 12 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011. This is the welfare office in New York City. 

Someone who probably works for the police just cut me in line and lit up a huge marijuana cigarette. He is smoking it in my face right now. 

I guess the police are doing this because I’m now on Nassau County Probation. The police probably want me to test positive for marijuana. Now I’m going to have to get tested for weed in my system every day to make sure it doesn’t show up. 

I’m at the welfare office to recertify my case. 

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

The police have people who work for them blow marijuana smoke in my face all the time when I’m trying to study. That is why I called you so many times to report I was being harassed before I was arrested. 

I called NYPD 911 and they are on the way now. 

I’ll get tested a bunch of times and hopefully, it doesn’t show up in my system.

If marijuana shows up in my system, I’ll immediately let everyone know. 

I’m also going to try and get a police report but I’m confident the NYPD officers won’t give me one. After they refuse to provide me with a police report I’ll contact NYPD Internal Affairs. I’m also going to send NYPD Internal Affairs a copy of this email. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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New York City Law Enforcement

Email to the welfare office about an NYPD officer insulting me at The Waverly Job Center.

Greetings HRA, 

Update, the NYPD officer just started insulting me and I ignored the person. I politely asked the NYPD officer if they called my number? I said I was waiting upstairs and in the other room because the place is packed. 

The NYPD officer said, “Why did you have your headphones in?” and the officer hurled a few more insults at me. I ignored it and didn’t say a word. This is the exact treatment I’m used to. 

It’s not a big deal. I still treat everyone with the utmost respect at all times. Law enforcement can not ever miss one chance to harass me and try to get me to react negativly. 

New York law enforcement knows I’m never going to react negtivly so at this point they are looking to just get a negative look from me. That’s how desperate they are to sabotage me. That’s also how big of liars they are. I can only imagine how many innocent people have been locked up by New York law enforcement after seeing them in action.

I will continue to treat everyone at HRA with the utmost respect regardless of how negatively they treat me. Even the NYPD officer who was just hurling insults at me for absolutely no reason besides the fact that people I grew up with in New York pay New York law enforcement to run scams and sabotage people. They also pay New York law enforcement to allow them to commit crimes. It’s well documented. 

I have no criminal record. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I am a full time student at CUNY.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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New York City

Email to the welfare office about going under a string at The Waverly Job Center.

Greetings HRA, 

I treat everyone at CUNY, HRA, the NYC Comptroller’s office, the USPS, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. 

I’m used to being treated like garbage every time I interact with a federal, state, or city agency. 

People I know pay the top New York law enforcement to torture me. One thing they do is run around to every government agency I interact with and tell the staff to try and pick fights with me to get me kicked out. 

I don’t take it personally because I know that New York law enforcement will have them fired if they don’t do as they are told. To illustrate, I was signed up to take criminal law at CUNY and New York law enforcement had the class canceled because they are trying to set me up and they don’t want me knowing the law. 

I’m typing this email from HRA The Waverly Job Center on West 14th Street in New York City. 

The reason I’m here is that HRA mailed a check to my storage company and New York law enforcement stole the check out of the mail. They have stolen my mail hundreds of times. 

The reason I’m sending this note is because of something that just happened. I have been at the Waverly Job Center patiently waiting for a few hours. I’m been doing schoolwork the whole time. I’m a full-time student at CUNY. 

I walked up to one of the FJC security guards and was politely asking if they called my number and I missed it. As I’m standing there a member of the NYPD starts bolting towards us. 

There was two poles with a string so I went under it to get out of the way. I have no idea who the cop was looking for. 

After I went under the string I said to myself New York law enforcement would have a field day with a picture of me going under a string with a police officer walking in my direction at HRA. 

I just wanted to mention it because I had nothing to do with that situation. I’m patiently waiting as always. I’m walking on eggshells because New York law enforcement has people harass me constantly and is trying to sabotage me every chance they get.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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College Government Opinion

Email I’m sending to the financial aid office of every college in New York City about my 2020 HRA public assistance case recertification.

Greetings,

I’m a student at CUNY. I’m trying to find out the rules regarding student loans and public assistance. I’ve already gone through all the proper channels and I still don’t know.

This year my HRA public assistance case recertification was moved from November 2020 to December 2020. My student loans are going to land into my Chase Bank account a few weeks before my HRA public assistance case recertification. The amount is about $5000.

I was told by staff at CUNY and HRA Waverly Job Center that I can receive student loans and public assistance at the same time. No one at CUNY or HRA is certain if having thousands of dollars in my bank account or a large student loan deposit at the same time as my HRA public assistance recertification is going to affect my case.

If anyone has the answer please let me know.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

Some of the schools responded and said to contact my financial aid office. This is the email I responded to them with:

Greetings,

I’m confident CUNY has a lot of people who are on public assistance and financial aid. I asked them if receiving a $5000 cash deposit from student loans a few days or weeks before my HRA public assistance case recertification will affect my recertification and they said they weren’t sure. 

That is why I’m contacting every college in New York City to try and find a staff member who might have experience with this specific situation. I mentioned in my initial email that I already went through all the proper channels and I still don’t have an answer. 

I’d rather spend the time now to figure out the situation than wait and have an issue in the middle of the winter when I need to be focusing on my studies. My current GPA is a 4.0 after 27 credits and I’m doing everything in my power to maintain it. 

My school said they haven’t had a student with this specific issue so they can’t provide a definitive answer. They are as helpful and friendly as can be, they just don’t know. If it wasn’t for the awesome support at CUNY I wouldn’t have a 4.0 GPA. 

I guess no one on HRA public assistance has taken a direct loan of $5,000. 

If there is anyone else at the school who has experience with student loans and HRA public assistance please forward this email to them. My thought process is there has to be someone at one of the NYC colleges who has the answer. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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Government Opinion

Email to the public assistance help desk at the CUNY school I attend.

Greetings,

First and foremost, I treat everyone at The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), CUNY, etc., with the utmost respect at all times. That is more important than anything. I understand that everyone is doing their best under the circumstances. I appreciate the consideration I receive from all parties involved. 

I just read the email you sent. I’m in quite a predicament. I have no idea why but for some reason my HRA public assistance recertification date was moved from November 2020 to December 2020. Normally I receive my student loans after my HRA recertification and it doesn’t affect my public assistance case. Now that my HRA recertification has been moved my student loan money is going to land in my account at the same time as my HRA case recertification. 

I’m homeless and I wouldn’t go back to a homeless shelter under any circumstances. I had a horrible experience at two shelters. For the past 5 years, I usually sleep in a chair on the subway platform when it’s cold. Now the subways are closed during my sleeping hours. Additionally, the school is closed. All my go-to places to stay warm are locked up for the winter. 

I need the student loan money to rent access to a coworking space so I have somewhere to go this winter when it’s freezing cold outside. The ATM’s will be filled with my homeless sisters and brothers, so I can’t stay there. Plus the police and bank security are constantly patrolling and clearing everyone out.

I’m going to require my usual $500 per month or so cash assistance and SNAP for food. If I have an issue in the middle of December or January with my public assistance, the coldest months of the year, that is going to be tough. I’m spending hundreds of hours now trying to figure this out so I can avoid a disaster later. Plus there are so many people on public assistance, who knows how long it will take for a glitch in the HRA system to update. 

My HRA public assistance case was already dropped once years ago and I was never given a reason. I do everything HRA asks immediately and I treat everyone with the utmost respect at all times. For the life of me, I have no idea why my case was dropped. 

The HRA approved job program I used to attend would tease us that they were going to drop our cases but that was after my case was dropped and it hasn’t been dropped since. The HRA approved job program would say FTC (fail to comply) over and over for fun. That place was torture. That is why I love the opportunity to go to school and do something productive instead of sitting around the job center from 9 AM to 4 PM 5 days per week doing absolutely nothing for 90% of the time with the staff threatening FTC. There were no computers to use, no WiFi, etc. 

Maybe everything will go smoothly with my recertification but I have a suspicion that $5000 cash from student loans might affect my case if it lands in my account on the same date of my HRA public assistance case recertification. I contacted every single HRA public contact and they refuse to provide an answer. I visited the HRA office on West 14th Street and they were not sure. Thinking about it now, I’m going to go back and try to speak with them again in person. I emailed the financial aid office at school and they are not sure if the money will affect my case. 

I have started contacting financial aid offices at additional New York City colleges, outside of CUNY, trying to find anyone who might have the answer or a contact at HRA. I’m going to contact the public advocate, Manhattan Borough President, Queens Borough President, and anyone else I can think of. 

If you have any additional contacts for me to reach out to regarding this matter please let me know. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.