Delays in processing public benefits applications "unconscionable"

petersabonis2An article in the Baltimore City Paper, “Net Loss,” describes serious delays in processing public benefit applications by the Department of Social Services. The article quotes Legal Aid assistant director of advocacy for income security Peter Sabonis about the ongoing situation. “Baltimore  County is just a mess,” Sabonis said. “It’s unconscionable, it’s illogical. It seems to smack of a period where we didn’t want people to get assistance, when the attitude was that these folks are just living off the system.  Obviously, we’re not in that period now. People need the assistance. People from all walks of life, all classes.”