Permanent Injunction Granted Against Alameda County Protecting Food Stamp Applicants

A federal court judge entered a permanent injunction against Alameda County on March 7, 2016 requiring it to process CalFresh (food stamps) applications within the federal and state-mandated timelines and orders the county to “comply fully within a margin of human error with the legally mandated times for processing expedited and regular CalFresh applications.”

Federal law requires that counties process food stamp applications benefits within 30 days and California state law requires emergency food stamp applications be processed within three days.

The injunction requires Alameda County to submit monthly reports detailing the progress of its compliance to both the Court and Plaintiffs’ Counsel. Plaintiffs are represented by PILP, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in this federal class action lawsuit.

The injunction will remain in place at least one year and potentially longer if Alameda County cannot begin complying with state and federal law.

Learn more about the case here.

Courthouse News Service article from March 8, 2016.

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