Welfare Recipients PROTEST Lost Paperwork: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 08:56:38 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  March 25, 1999
     The Local Review / Developments in Los Angeles County

     WELFARE RECIPIENTS PROTEST INEFFICIENCIES

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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