August 20, 1998 |
Los Angeles County is making dramatic gains in moving welfare recipients into jobs, increasing their earnings and reducing welfare payments, according to a new study that has inspired optimism here and in Washington. The study released today by the Manpower Research Development Corp.
June 24, 1998 |
President Clinton has urged employers to put welfare recipients to work. Fortune 500 executives have responded with hiring programs that have garnered plenty of free publicity. But the success of America's great welfare-to-work experiment ultimately rests with the likes of Kim DeVane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998 |
If the so-called welfare reform revolution works, much of the credit will belong to people like Pamela Collins, Lorrie Denning and Kathy Marx. These county welfare workers have survived the current system at its worst, in grimy offices packed with recipients, many of whom have spent their entire lives on the dole. Contrary to popular belief, most of the recipients aren't happy with the old system. Some are uncontrollably angry.
February 26, 1997 |
Los Angeles County's ability to quickly transform a poorly performing welfare-to-work program into a dynamic effort to push people into jobs could serve as a model for the nation as large urban areas grapple with the demands of welfare reform, an independent study found Tuesday. Over a two-year period, the county shifted the program known as GAIN (Greater Avenues for Independence) from one that focused on basic education to one that put jobs first.
August 22, 1996 |
Sarah Salazar didn't need Congress or the president to tell her that she had to get off welfare--or else. The welfare bosses in Los Angeles County told her that in December. And last month--with three small children at home, no high school degree and not having earned a paycheck in her life--she got her first job. Salazar, 28, is now making $8.50 an hour, typing patient information into a computer at an Arcadia medical office. "It's the perfect job for me," she said with a smile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1994 |
Noreen Garcia says she never enjoyed getting welfare and has worked on and off for a decade while she raised her daughter alone, resorting to government help only when she lost a job or a baby-sitter. "It's very embarrassing. People stare at you when you cash your check or go in a store with food stamps," Garcia said. "They don't understand not all of us want to be on it."