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Title:
The rights of the poor : the authoritative ACLU guide to poor people's rights
Author:
Hershkoff, Helen, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
xvi, 408 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1610 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780809320912

9780809321179
Format :
Book

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Summary

Using a simple question-and-answer format, Helen Hershkoff and Stephen Loffredo provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the rights of the poor. They examine federal and state programs providing income support and medical services as well as federal programs providing food assistance and federally subsidized housing programs. They also discuss access to justice, rights in public places, and voting rights.

Hershkoff and Loffredo point out that given the present conservative political climate, it is now more important than ever for poor people to know their rights under law. To that end, they explain how poor people can use the law to obtain services necessary for basic living: income support, food assistance, health care, housing, and education. The eligibility requirements for all programs for the poor are complex and changeable. The Welfare Reform Act of August 1996 further complicates the rules and makes this ACLU guide even more essential.

Written for poor people and their advocates, as well as for anyone interested in the current status of the "War on Poverty," this book also describes how poor people can use the law to participate more fully in political and community life.


Author Notes

Helen Hershkoff is an assistant professor of law at the New York University School of Law. She is the former associate director of the ACLU and a member of the board of directors at the Urban Justice Center in New York City and the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Loffredo is an associate professor of law at the City University of New York Law School. He served as executive director of Main Street Legal Services, CUNY Law School, and is pro bono counsel and a member of the board of directors at the Urban Justice Center in New York City.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
I Income Supportp. 1
11 Food Assistancep. 136
Iii Health Servicesp. 177
Iv Housingp. 222
V Educationp. 266
Vi Access to Justicep. 315
Notesp. 328
Viii The Right to Votep. 340
Appendix A Supplemental Security Income Worksheetp. 357
Appendix B physician's Report Form Samplesp. 362
Appendix C Explanation of the ""Forty Quarters"" Rulep. 369
Appendix D Food Stamp Income Wbrksheetsp. 371
Appendix E State Guide to An Indigent's Right to Counsel in Civil Casesp. 383
Appendix F The Legal Systemp. 404

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