Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, wrote to New York City Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks in response to news that HRA would soon be closing a SNAP center located at St. Nicholas Avenue in Central Harlem. The St. Nicholas Center, by HRA’s own estimate, services approximately 90 individuals each day, which would equal more than 20,000 households in a year. At no point since the planned closure of this center became public has the City engaged the local community, community institutions, or organizations. Due to the short timeframe provided by HRA on this matter, we respectfully ask that HRA postpone the pending closure in order to receive input from the Central Harlem community and other stakeholders such as providers and anti-poverty advocates.
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