A young woman, now jobless, gets higher benefits with HPRP’s help

Staff attorney Dalton Collins

Staff attorney Dalton Collins

A 22-year-old Baltimore woman who lost both her part-time jobs is now getting higher food stamp benefits, thanks to her HPRP attorney. The client, a participant in the One Baltimore for Jobs program (where she’s training to become a biotechnical laboratory technician), met with staff attorney Dalton Collins after the Department of Social Services took no action to increase her food stamp benefits.

“I discovered that she was owed $78 per month in food stamp benefits for April, May, and June 2016,” Dalton said. “I advocated for her food stamp benefits to be increased to the appropriate amount moving forward and asked the Department of Social Services to pay her the benefits she was owed.” The DSS agreed, paying the client $234 in owed benefits and increasing her monthly benefit to $194 – the maximum monthly benefit for a household of one– moving forward.


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