Opinion: Email to HRA about my MetroCard allowance and cold food retailers not accepting the welfare EBT card on January 13, 2023.

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Greetings HRA,

First and foremost, I always treat everyone at HRA with the absolute utmost respect at all times. That is more important than any of this.

Thank you for saving my life with the food and money.

The stuff that is going on with law enforcement sabotaging people’s food at some, not all, soup kitchens is out of control. Thank God I don’t have to deal with that.

People I know pay the NYPD and others to harass me. That’s why I’m homeless.

Question. What is the story with the Baruch College student MetroCard money?

I’m a full-time student at Baruch College.

I think school starts back up on January 25, 2023.

If you’re not too busy, please let me know when the MetroCard money starts back up.

A few weeks ago, I stopped receiving my MetroCard money around Christmas 2022.

Additionally, can someone please look into why there are so many places in Manhattan that sell cold food that don’t accept SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps?

Sometimes I ask people at food stores, markets, supermarkets, etc., whether they take food stamps.

Some of them, not all, say they don’t take food stamps/EBT like it’s beneath them or something. Like, that’s for poor people or something like that.

In my humble opinion, that is ridiculous.

I appreciate the help.

I’m living in the street homeless for the past five years or longer.

I don’t drink.

I don’t smoke.

I don’t party.

I don’t do anything illegal.

Just no money and bad credit.

I don’t look homeless.

I understand the government doesn’t want people blowing the food money on bad things so that is why we are forced to spend out welfare food money at participating retailers.

The thing is, a number of Manhattan retailers are not accepting the card.

There are a lot of retailers that do accept the card.

I don’t understand why any cold food retailers would turn down food stamps when there are so many of us receiving them.

It doesn’t make sense.

Why would a company turn down government money?

Can someone please look into it?

Thank you and 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 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 HRA commissioner about the date of my public assistance case recertification.

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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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