Welfare Reform & Homelessness (US Conference of Mayors report) FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 21:02:30 -0800 (PST)


FWD from National Coalition for the Homeless
http://www2.ari.net/home/nch/new.html

(At the same URL, you can also access info on Homeless People's Network--Tom B)

November 26, 1997
**Survey on Welfare Reform Portends Increased Homelessness**

A new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors highlights some of the
difficulties faced by cities as they begin to implement welfare reform. The
report, Implementing Welfare Reform in America's Cities: A 34-City Survey,
examines the impact of welfare reform on jobs, child care, legal immigrants,
assisted housing, and emergency services. All of the cities surveyed expect
welfare reform to have a negative impact on assisted housing, and 60% of the
cities reported that requests for emergency shelter increased in the first
half of 1997. Half of the cities responding to the survey said that they are
adding beds for homeless persons, and 68% of the cities reported that
welfare reform is forcing them to reassess the way the McKinney Homeless
Assistance Program funds are being spent.

According to the study, 92% of the cities reported that they will not have a
sufficient number of low-skill jobs to allow compliance with the welfare
law's work participation requirements. In addition, officials in the survey
cities estimate that an average of only 27% of low-skill jobs in their
cities provide private health insurance. Seventy-one percent of the survey
cities reported that the state reimbursement rate does not cover the average
cost of full-day, center-based child care, and 62% of the survey cities
reported that the state reimbursement rate does not cover the average cost
of full-day, home-based child care.

The report is available for $15.00 from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, 1620
Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-861-6717.

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