Homeless Hero’s Benefits Remain in Limbo

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) -

Officials are trying to determine whether a homeless man in New Jersey can have his welfare benefits restored.

James Brady found $850 on the street after leaving a shelter in Hackensack and turned it over to police in April. Police returned the money to him last month after no one claimed it. The Hackensack Human Services Department then denied General Assistance and Medicaid Benefits to Brady through Dec. 31 because he failed to report the income.

Following a media report, the local United Way chapter raised $3,500 for Brady, who recently found housing. Now Bergen County officials are reviewing the rules to see if Brady’s benefits can be restored. Hackensack Mayor John LaBrosse said he’d like to see the decision reversed.