Homeless Man's Good Deed Gets Benefits Yanked
James Brady returned $850 he found on sidewalk
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2013 8:15 AM CST

(Newser) – In April, James Brady was taking his daily walk when he found $850 in cash in a bank envelope on the sidewalk. The New Jersey man, then homeless, turned the money in to police. No one claimed it, and last month police returned it to him ... and as a result, Brady was denied General Assistance and Medicaid benefits from Oct. 18 through the end of the year, the Record reports. The director of the Hackensack Human Services Department says she had no choice, because Brady didn't report the income.

Brady says he didn't know he needed to report it. "I had already proven my honesty by turning in the $850," he says. "I’m not trying to hide anything." After finding the money, Brady moved into an apartment in July, and a county housing voucher covered most of his rent. The $210 in monthly general assistance he received was his only way of paying for non-food items, and he needs the Medicaid coverage for his medications and therapy and psychiatrist appointments. Local lawmakers sympathize with Brady, and legal advocates may help him get the benefits restored. The United Way has also stepped in, and is accepting donations for Brady, CBS Local reports.

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Nov 11, 2013 7:01 PM CST
$850 is suppose to last until the end of the year? Either way this would have been a nightmare. If the guy gave him the benefits and an auditor caught it then the guy who gave them would have probably been fired or reprimanded. Then a media storm would have erupted about that and the guy would have gotten his job back for doing a good deed.
Nov 11, 2013 2:09 PM CST
If Mr. Brady passes muster with the police, that ought to be good enough for the damn DHS. But no, the DHS is in business to ration care, not provide it.
Nov 11, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Well; another example to our young people that Honesty does NOT pay . The next time he finds any $$$$ or anything ; you can be sure he won't tell a darn soul and who can blame him ?