Plaintiffs want Alameda County to ensure that they stop continuing to process applications late.
Contra Costa Times
October 1, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Interest Law Project (PILP), Western Center on Law & Poverty (WCLP)
Federal law requires that applications be processed within 30 days, and expedited benefits reviewed within three days.
Patti Prunhuber with the Public Interest Law Project said they have received several complaints from Alameda County CalFresh applicants. She said they met with county officials earlier this year but could not avoid a lawsuit. “I think the county acknowledges there is a problem, but they haven’t acknowledged the depth of it or what they need to do to fix it,” she said.
For the last year, Alameda County was late 19.4 percent of the time for 44,900 CalFresh applications, which is five times worse than the statewide average.