SNAP gap lobby day + Public Charge webinar & SNAP flier updates
We need you to help us make it clear that it’s time to close the SNAP Gap by passing An Act improving public health through a common application for core food, health and safety-net programs (S.678/H.1173), and funding an expansion of the SNAP Gap pilot program through the FY21 state budget.
Meet us at the Massachusetts State House in Room 428 at 10:30 am on 2/11 to hear from legislators, advocates, and people with lived experience. You can participate in a brief advocacy training before meeting with your lawmakers and urging them to close the SNAP Gap. Register to join us in-person or take action virtually here.
As many of you know, USCIS recently announced an effective date for the agency’s public charge rule. The final rule will only apply to applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically, if applicable) on or after Feb. 24, 2020 (except for in the State of Illinois). DHS will not consider an immigrant’s receipt of the newly listed benefits before Feb. 24, 2020 in the public charge determination. Last Wednesday, also USCIS issued new policy guidance, as well as several updated and new forms and instructions in anticipation of the Feb. 24 implementation date.
The National PIF campaign team and local advocates are presently analyzing these materials and hope to share more information in the coming days and weeks. Please stay tuned.