Welfare Recipients: 100 Protest in Los Angeles [March 25, 1999]

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 10:35:18 -0700 (PDT)


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FWD  Los Angeles Times - Thursday, March 25, 1999

     WELFARE RECIPIENTS PROTEST INEFFICIENCIES

LOS ANGELES -- There's nothing Danita Hobson would like more than to get
off welfare. Just one problem: The county welfare department keeps losing
her paperwork.

The time lost as a result has cost her a job, she said, and now is causing
the single mother of two children to miss classes that would help her find
work.

Hobson's story is common among Los Angeles welfare recipients, according to
the 100 or so people who staged a demonstration Wednesday in front of the
Exposition Park district office of the Los Angeles County Department of
Public Social Services.

They hoped to call attention to the problem of lost paperwork, which can
interrupt or end benefits.

The monthly eligibility report, a form that recipients must file each
month, has been especially troublesome.

A survey last year of 350 South L.A. welfare recipients found nearly half
complained most about the department losing the forms, protest organizers
said.

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