From October 2020 to February 2022, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) conducted research on SNAP disputes and the processes and outcomes of the administrative hearing process in Colorado. CCLP staff combed through over two thousand pages of 2019 hearing decisions, analyzed state and federal data, and heard directly from Coloradans who experienced challenges with their SNAP benefits and the administrative hearing process firsthand. CCLP found that many SNAP beneficiaries encounter problems but do not successfully access hearings, and when they do, lose their hearings at rates that are much higher than national averages. Beneficiaries reported difficulty navigating the appeal process, a finding that was unsurprising given the technical and dense information provided to beneficiaries in notices and on websites. Vanishingly few beneficiaries have legal representation, and some who had limited English proficiency appeared without the benefit of trained interpreters.
A Critical Opportunity to Mitigate Childhood Poverty
In this webinar from June 23, 2021, CCLP's Sara Lipowitz joined Dr. Sandy Stenmark of the American Academy of Pediatrics-Colorado Chapter, and Christy Blakely, Executive Director of Family Voices Colorado. Discussion centered on what steps might be taken to mitigate childhood poverty across Colorado.
Lived Experience Project
Believing that individual human narrative is an effective way to change misperceptions on poverty, CCLP launched a series of anecdotal vignettes entitled Lived Experience in the summer of 2020. This ongoing series features stories and testimonials from Coloradans...
Public Charge: Facts and Fiction
CCLP’s Allison Neswood, Esq., explains the new federal public charge rules and how they affect Colorado’s immigrant families in this 58-minute webinar. We have applied for one CLE credit for this session.
Our Path: A CCLP 20th Anniversary Retrospect
This collection of vignettes celebrates some of CCLP's proudest accomplishments over the past 20 years, including the minimum wage campaign in 2016 and the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit). Click here to view our 20th Anniversary Book
SNAP supports thousands of families and jobs in Colorado
The Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp...