CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2000 |
La Toyia Williams has a simple plea for officials who administer California's subsidized child-care program: Deliver in a timely fashion the quality child care that was promised to impoverished families like hers. Social advocates say there are too many mothers like Williams, struggling to move from welfare to work but running up against a child-care system that is complex, confusing and more a barrier than a help.
February 7, 2000 |
The first comprehensive study of the effects of welfare reform on young children suggests that poor children's lives do not improve when their mothers go to work. Reformers overhauling the nation's welfare system in 1996 said they were ending the "cycle of dependence" many families experience generation after generation. Mothers who work to support themselves feel better about themselves, they said, and their children benefit too.
December 5, 1999 |
Rewarding states in which welfare recipients found and kept jobs, President Clinton distributed $200 million in bonus money Saturday to 27 states for doing more than simply cutting welfare rolls. California, in large part because of its sheer size, received $45 million of the total. Clinton further refined what it means to succeed in welfare reform, saying that next year's bonuses will also reward states that get medical benefits and food stamps to low-income families.
November 30, 1999 |
The first success stories from California's welfare reform are just months away from losing the child care subsidy that freed them to work. In Los Angeles, an estimated 5,200 parents--mostly mothers--who got off welfare and found jobs will hit the two-year cutoff for child care assistance between January and June. Statewide, about 13,000 people will lose the money, according to reports released at a Capitol hearing Monday to consider options for extending the subsidy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1999 |
Despite California's growing economy, the number of working families in the state who are going hungry every day is also growing, participants in a two-day hunger workshop warned Sunday. At fault is a dwindling use of food stamps by low-income wage earners, who either think they are no longer eligible for the federal assistance or have been erroneously told they don't qualify for it, said experts taking part in the California Nutrition Initiative Conference in Santa Monica.
September 14, 1999 |
California led the nation in reducing the rate of births to unwed women without driving up abortions over the last few years, the federal Department of Health and Human Services said Monday. The state will share a $100-million award with the District of Columbia, Michigan, Alabama and Massachusetts for success in discouraging single parenthood, a major goal of the landmark Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Each jurisdiction will get $20 million.
September 1, 1999 |
For the first time since the 1996 passage of welfare reform, California has met stiff federal work requirements, even for hard-to-employ two-parent families, many of whom are recent immigrants. In a startling turnabout from a year ago, the state's booming economy, coupled with a precipitous drop in welfare rolls, has allowed California to comply with the central demand of reform--putting families on aid to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1999 |
Welfare recipients and advocates for the poor urged government officials on Friday to expand job training programs and work opportunities as a deadline approaches for many to get off public assistance. "The problem is that people are getting part-time jobs, but they're not getting out of poverty," said Sam Mistrano, director of the Human Services Network, who helped organize the public hearing in a South Los Angeles church.
July 12, 1999 |
The Davis administration has quietly pulled the plug on another troubled computer project, deciding that an $18-million attempt to link welfare networks had gone so far astray that it would be fruitless to continue spending money on it. A team of consultants and state officials reviewed the project and reported "grave concerns" because it was "operating with few restraints and lacked adequate controls and oversight."
July 7, 1999 |
They showed up at the doorstep of this San Joaquin Valley farm town almost 20 years ago, a tiny bedraggled tribe from the highlands of Laos whose 200 families all seemed kin, half bearing the surname See. It was hard to imagine a people more lost than the Lahu, aborigines who had lived in mountain huts and took up arms against the Communists before fleeing Laos for America.