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

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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

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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