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tracking what’s changing for welfare, women and children

Cal. wants 28,000 low-income parents into the state’s work force

Sacramento BeeParent fills out paperwork at the Sacramento County Department of Human Services on Friday. SOURCE: Sacbee.com

California is under pressure to get more parents off welfare, and working for their income.

The state’s welfare-to-work program — the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, or CalWORKS — must meet federal guidelines or face fines.

The Sacramento Bee reports, if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t get 28,000 low-income parents off welfare soon, then  the state could face a $150 million annual penalty and force the state to spend an additional $180 million.

According to the Sac Bee, a draft report released in September suggested two proposals:

• Give $50 more in food stamps to former CalWORKS recipients who make the transition out of the program. Such a move would cost the state $25 million and allow the state to claim credit for successfully moving those people into the work force.

• Establish a state-only welfare assistance program for recipients who have a harder time finding jobs. An elaborate shift of existing state resources is being proposed for funding such a program.

Gov. Schwarzenegger was supposed to turn in a state report detailing a plan to the California legislature Oct. 1.

As of Dec. 4, government and social service leaders were still waiting.


December 10, 2007 Posted by | Money Matters, News & Numbers, Politicking | , , , , | Leave a comment

CA woman arrested for 5-figure welfare fraud

According to the Ventura County Star, one local woman may (greedily) take the cake for the largest welfare fraud case in the county.

Police this week arrested an Oxnard woman on suspicion of stealing more than $41,000 in cash aid and food stamps.

Police report she was not entitled to receive the assistance.

“This is actually one of our largest welfare fraud cases,” said Vinse Gilliam, deputy chief investigator with the district attorney.

If convicted, Teresa Arias, 34, could be sent to prison for up to three years.

Her possible illegal Ventura venture has led me to create a category dedicated to those who’ve heisted public funds.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Busted, Legally Speaking | , , , | Leave a comment

Panel to discuss myth of the black welfare queen

The California State University’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will host a forum on the the myth of the black welfare queen on Nov. 27. See the listing below for details.

The Myth of the Welfare Queen: Women of Color and Poverty in L.A.
This panel of welfare scholars and local activists explore women of color and poverty rates in Los Angeles, the effects of the 1996 welfare reform legislation that ended welfare as we know it, and how “welfare to work” programs contribute to the cycle of poverty in the U.S.
When: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 5:00PM
Where: Salazar Hall C258
More Information: Call the Cross Cultural Centers at (323) 343-5001 for more information.

For those out there who attend, fill in us by having your say below.

October 29, 2007 Posted by | Culturally Speaking, Happenings | , , , , , | Leave a comment