[Hpn] *W2W - Welfare To Work helps single moms find living wage jobs?
Mon, 25 Sep 2000 21:00:20 -0400
I would have to say that locally here in New Hampshire it has not, as the
wages are not high enough to insure the mother gets off the dole!
I know that there are professionals who will argue that the statistics prove
its working actually..... I believe the women whom were having babies to
stay on welfare are still career baby factories...I have one that lives
within 40 feet of my home!Also sadly enough a family member 45 is pregnant
and having another child she has children from 14 to 4 years old and is
having another in May,so its pretty obvious what going on here!
I blame the system for allowing this to happen as the DHHS people allow
welfare mothers to have live in boy friends and so it claims one thing and
condones other things.
I really have to conclude that nothing really has changed except in a few
rare cases where a mother took the incentive to go to college and got a job
where she could support herself with out the states help or having to be on
assistance for years
William Charles Tinker
25 Granite Street
Northfield,New Hampshire 03276
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Subject: [Hpn] *W2W - Welfare To Work helps single moms find living wage
> Welfare To Work, is it working?
> Are single moms leaving welfare getting and keeping living wage jobs
> where you live?
> "Work First recipients are likely to end up in low-paying jobs"
> which don't last, according to evidence cited below for North Carolina:
> Work First challenge harder as program succeeds
> FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 23, 2000
> RALEIGH (AP) _ Nearly 90,000 people in North Carolina are off
> welfare under the state's Work First program, but officials say
> more work is needed to make former welfare recipients
> Work First is the public assistance program that offers limited
> training and restricts cash support to two years. A primary goal of
> welfare reform is helping former recipients become economically
> ``In some ways, the job has gotten a lot harder,'' said Pheon
> Beal, North Carolina's chief of economic independence.
> Beal helped North Carolina make changes in public assistance
> that Congress mandated in the 1990s, resulting in a 60 percent drop
> in the state's welfare rolls over the past five years.
> ``It's one thing to help someone build up job skills, brush up
> interview skills and take on some job leads. Helping people sustain
> a job over time and balance home and work and school _ that's
> tough,'' Beal said.
> Social services officials are trying to learn more about the
> needs of the single women with young children who are the majority
> of Work First clients.
> In Durham, the county social services department is spending
> $166,000 on a study.
> ``In many ways, the system had the designed effect. We've
> reduced the welfare rolls, and we've reduced the cost,'' said Dan
> Hudgins, Durham's social services director. ``Now we are asking
> about the larger effects.''
> A state survey of former public assistance clients due at the
> end of this month will also fill in some of the gaps. But evidence
> shows many former Work First recipients are likely to end up in
> low-paying jobs, probably in a service industry or the retail
> The most recent statewide figures show former clients at jobs
> with the potential to pay an average of $12,000 annually after a
> full year in the work force.
> ``Look how easy it is for a family to become homeless when they
> can't make ends meet,'' said Jack Rogers, director of economic
> self-sufficiency in Wake County. ``I'm concerned because I know
> families are struggling.''
> Counties continue to provide a range of services to people who
> leave Work First and whose incomes remain below 200 percent of the
> poverty level, Beal said.
> And some counties are already trying to help former clients move
> up in the workplace. A help center in Rocky Mount contacts former
> Work First recipients in six counties to check on how they are
> doing and tries to help them find better jobs.
> Despite the struggles, Beal said she is convinced that most
> people are better off working.
> Documents prepared by her staff show that a three-person family
> with no earnings beyond public assistance would be paid only $272
> in cash assistance and $321 in food stamps per month.
> The same household where one person worked 40 hours a week at
> $6.50 an hour would earn $1,388 per month, including a food-stamp
> benefit and the federal earned-income tax credit. The household
> also would qualify for child-care subsidies and health coverage.
> AP-ES-09-23-00 1338EDT
> Received Id AP1002676CD1EB3B on Sep 23 2000 12:38
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