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City Hall at Night

City Hall at Night

I was on my way to the overtime job that I was doing when I got my food stamps cut off.  They had called me to work there for one day.  So, I was thinking to myself, “Well, if I go down here this one day, are they going cut my food stamps off?  I really didn’t know what to do.  At the time I was walking through there, it made me think, “Was I going to get cut off again?” What kind of programs can the City do to help us stay on the food stamp program when we do extra work?  I don’t think it’s fair for us to get reprimanded for doing something positive.  That’s why I chose that picture."

Imani was asked by her employer to work some overtime hours.  The last time she did this, her food stamps were cut off, because her pay increased ever so slightly.  But it was a one time increase in pay that did not last.  What it did do was push her over the qualifying income for food stamps.  In the end, it hurt her to work overtime; she lost more money and had less food.  Passing City Hall on her way to work overtime hours again, Imani wondered what the city can do to support those who work hard.

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