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tracking what’s changing for welfare, women and children

New Yorker sick of state health policies

Courstesy Fed-Up in Western New York

One blogger in New York has one DVD on the top of his Christmas list.

Fed- Up in Western New York reports gives points to Michael Moore’s movie Sicko — now on DVD — for illuminating disparities in national and local health systems.

He took a lesson from the movie and found out that one in six adults in NY don’t have health insurance. That fact came from a story in the New York Sun: about a report from the state department of health, entitled: Report: One Million New Yorkers Are Without Insurance.

Fed-Up also dug deeper to find out just how many children and families are dependent on public aid and Medicaid from the state:

But according to the blog, a new stadium is the only thing on the state’s wish list for residents upstate.


November 12, 2007 Posted by | Related Reports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ND officials say fewer families depending on welfare

When North Dakota officials decided to assess just how welfare had fared in the past ten years, the numbers were enough to know.

Last June, 2,073 North Dakota families received TANF aid, according to the Jamestown Sun.

To put that in perspective, the North Dakota Department of Human Services website reports that, “in July 1997, when the state implemented welfare reform, 3,859 families were receiving TANF assistance.”

But in the past several years, a closer look will show that the decrease in families often had nothing to do with finding stable jobs.

  • Of 7,392 TANF cases closed between July 2005 and June 2007:
    • 180 are listed as closed due to employment; 42 because the five-year limit was reached
    • 225 because they were sanctioned for not complying with work or educational programs
    • 1,508 because they had excess unearned income or began collecting child support due them.
    • Other reasons account for the rest.

The drop in welfare families comes in large part because of the state’s excellent economy, state officials said last week.

November 8, 2007 Posted by | Related Reports | , , , , , | 1 Comment

In Rochester, Project SAVE aims to push families into work

With a grand amount of grant money, one community in upstate New York is giving families the nudge they need to move off of welfare.

In November, County Executive Maggie Brooks proposed an initiative to get welfare recipients into jobs and children in foster care into permanent placements.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on Nov. 1 reported the local Department of Human Services’ plans to implement Project SAVE.

The department suffered massive layoffs in 2002 when 120 jobs were cut, the paper said.

So, Brooks is hoping to stabilize the department, with the addition of jobs.

Problem is, it will take welfare benefits to do so. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that Brooks administration officials say they’ll save money by reducing payments to welfare recipients and foster parents.

Taking from welfare to help welfare.

And those new job recipients will be in charging of corralling more families off of welfare.

The system says it’s in such dire straits, it must make mobile families stuck in a cycle of receiving rather than doing.

Here’s how the initiative breaks down:

  • The Department of Human Services will use a $1.3 million state grant to hire 59 new social workers.
  • The grant will cover costs associated with hiring the workers and the equipment they will use. The new staff will fill positions that had been budgeted in prior years but were vacant.
  • Fifty percent of children in foster care return to their immediate families or a relative within six months.
  • The project goal calls for 12,550 temporary public assistance cases per month, on average. That’s a drop of 225 cases from the department’s current count of 12,775.
  • By implementing this program, Monroe County will realize savings of $13.4 million over the next four years due to the reduction in welfare and foster care caseloads at DHS. New strategies will be implemented to allow those needing services that are capable of becoming self-sufficient to become self-sufficient more quickly.

But look closer, for one of these things is not like the others. One goal shows money saved, but a greater loss to local families that most literally don’t make the cut.

November 5, 2007 Posted by | Initiatives, News & Numbers | , , , , | Leave a comment

Time is Ticking in Tennessee

On July 1, Tennessee became the last state in America to adhere to strict time limits on welfare benefits. Families First — the state’s federally-funded public assistance program — must now adapt to the new rules after being waived from national requirements for 11 years in order to establish the system they have now.

This Tennessean editorial asks what should be done for families coming off of welfare after being financially assisted for years?

October 7, 2007 Posted by | Other Opinions | , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Administration for Families & Children


October 7, 2007 Posted by | Links we Like | , , , | Leave a comment