Community Taskforce Combats Food Stamp Fraud

 

SEATTLE, WA, OCT. 8, 2014 –The Chinatown/International District is taking back their neighborhood and educating the community about the impacts of food stamp fraud

As a vibrant commercial district it is not without any urban social issues – drug dealing, burglary, etc. Neighborhood business leaders and organizers work tirelessly to address safety issues at hand, specifically identifying Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) formerly known as food stamp fraud as one of the main sources of all these safety concerns.

There exists a perception that food stamp fraud is a victimless crime. Yet, what people may not realize is that food stamp fraud attracts other forms of public safety concerns, and garners negative attention to the community.  Little Saigon, Chinatown, and Japantown businesses and community activists are banding together to take action against the growing number of food stamp fraud cases in their neighborhood.

Taskforce

Members of the taskforce include neighborhood business leaders, the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, Friends of Little Saigon and many other organizations. The goal of the taskforce is to educate the community through a campaign around food stamp fraud.

Recognizing that food stamp fraud is not an issue unique to this neighborhood and exists citywide, the informational graphic produced by the taskforce will help extend this information to a broader audience – local businesses, patrons, and visitors.

The uniqueness of this campaign goes beyond its multi-lingual approach; it is a great example of a grass roots effort driven by individual members of the community wanting to cultivate a sense of ownership in their neighborhood.

Call to action

The info graphic illustrates four basic ways to detect food stamp fraud. You can help prevent crime by visiting www.friendsoflittlesaigon.org and educate your neighbors about fraud and crime prevention for a safe and healthy neighborhood. Together let’s stamp out fraud!

Community Taskforce Combats Food Stamp Fraud

 

SEATTLE, WA, OCT. 8, 2014 –The Chinatown/International District is taking back their neighborhood and educating the community about the impacts of food stamp fraud.

As a vibrant commercial district it is not without any urban social issues – drug dealing, burglary, etc. Neighborhood business leaders and organizers work tirelessly to address safety issues at hand, specifically identifying Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) formerly known as food stamp fraud as one of the main sources of all these safety concerns.

There exists a perception that food stamp fraud is a victimless crime. Yet, what people may not realize is that food stamp fraud attracts other forms of public safety concerns, and garners negative attention to the community.  Little Saigon, Chinatown, and Japantown businesses and community activists are banding together to take action against the growing number of food stamp fraud cases in their neighborhood.

Taskforce

Members of the taskforce include neighborhood business leaders, the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, Friends of Little Saigon and many other organizations. The goal of the taskforce is to educate the community through a campaign around food stamp fraud.

Recognizing that food stamp fraud is not an issue unique to this neighborhood and exists citywide, the informational graphic produced by the taskforce will help extend this information to a broader audience – local businesses, patrons, and visitors.

The uniqueness of this campaign goes beyond its multi-lingual approach; it is a great example of a grass roots effort driven by individual members of the community wanting to cultivate a sense of ownership in their neighborhood.

Call to action

The info graphic illustrates four basic ways to detect food stamp fraud. You can help prevent crime by visiting www.friendsoflittlesaigon.org and educate your neighbors about fraud and crime prevention for a safe and healthy neighborhood. Together let’s stamp out fraud!

The Minimum Wage Debate

Since the minimum wage increase to $15 in Seatac, Seattle has also been under discussion to be the next city. Will the wage increase create better living conditions, shrink the poverty gap, and create more qualified employees? Or will the wage increase  make it more difficult for small businesses to operate and employment harder to find?

How does the the $15 minimum impact your community? Learn more about the minimum wage debate at a community forum on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the New Hong Kong Restaurant in Little Saigon, 900 S. Jackson St.

Hosted by the Ethnic Community Coalition, a group of small business owners and community members from the ethnic community of Seattle. Featured in NW Vietnamese News/Nguoi Viet Tay Bac, read more about their letter to the Seattle City Council.