[Hpn] 2000-06-01 Statement by the President on Welfare Reform

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                            THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (Aboard Air Force One)
____________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                                       June 1, 2000


                       STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT


Today I am pleased to announce that new guidance is being released that
builds on my Administration's long-standing commitment to reform
welfare, reward work, and support working families in their transition
from welfare to work.  The Departments of Health and Human Services,
Labor, and Transportation are releasing updated guidance on how states
and communities can coordinate federal resources to address the
transportation challenge in moving people from welfare to work.  The
guidance provides a variety of innovative strategies that communities
can fund, ranging from making public transit more accessible for weekend
and evening shifts to helping individuals lease, purchase or repair a
car.  In addition, the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and
Health and Human Services are releasing new guidance for housing and
welfare agencies to work together to help families in public and
assisted housing move toward self-sufficiency using services, such as
job search assistance, mentoring, counseling, transportation, and child
care.

A new evaluation of the Minnesota Family Investment Program confirms
that promoting and rewarding work has powerful positive impacts on
low-income families.  The Minnesota results show that welfare reform can
substantially increase employment, reduce poverty, decrease levels of
domestic abuse, and improve children's behavior and school performance
when states combine strong work requirements with investments in
supports for low-income working families.  Employment and earnings
impacts were especially large for families in public and assisted
housing.  This research also found that welfare reform can increase
marriage rates and marital stability among low-income families.

These results highlight the importance of the interagency guidance on
housing and transportation released today and the need for continued
investments to support working families.  I call on the Congress to
enact my budget proposals to support working families: expanding the
Earned Income Tax Credit, improving access to affordable and quality
child care, expanding health care for low-income working families,
providing more housing vouchers for hard-pressed working families,
helping more low-income families get to work by making it easier for
them to own a car or obtain public transportation, and helping more
low-income fathers work and support their children.


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                            THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (Aboard Air Force One)
____________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                                       June 1, 2000


                       STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT


Today I am pleased to announce that new guidance is being released that
builds on my Administration's long-standing commitment to reform
welfare, reward work, and support working families in their transition
from welfare to work.  The Departments of Health and Human Services,
Labor, and Transportation are releasing updated guidance on how states
and communities can coordinate federal resources to address the
transportation challenge in moving people from welfare to work.  The
guidance provides a variety of innovative strategies that communities
can fund, ranging from making public transit more accessible for weekend
and evening shifts to helping individuals lease, purchase or repair a
car.  In addition, the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and
Health and Human Services are releasing new guidance for housing and
welfare agencies to work together to help families in public and
assisted housing move toward self-sufficiency using services, such as
job search assistance, mentoring, counseling, transportation, and child
care.

A new evaluation of the Minnesota Family Investment Program confirms
that promoting and rewarding work has powerful positive impacts on
low-income families.  The Minnesota results show that welfare reform can
substantially increase employment, reduce poverty, decrease levels of
domestic abuse, and improve children's behavior and school performance
when states combine strong work requirements with investments in
supports for low-income working families.  Employment and earnings
impacts were especially large for families in public and assisted
housing.  This research also found that welfare reform can increase
marriage rates and marital stability among low-income families.

These results highlight the importance of the interagency guidance on
housing and transportation released today and the need for continued
investments to support working families.  I call on the Congress to
enact my budget proposals to support working families: expanding the
Earned Income Tax Credit, improving access to affordable and quality
child care, expanding health care for low-income working families,
providing more housing vouchers for hard-pressed working families,
helping more low-income families get to work by making it easier for
them to own a car or obtain public transportation, and helping more
low-income fathers work and support their children.


                                30-30-30

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