Study evaluates the effectiveness of GAIN

This the program I work in, and since you have questions … read the report and evaluation The Los Angeles Jobs-First GAIN Evaluation Final Report on a Work First Program in a Major Urban Center Stephen Freedman, Jean Tansey Knab, Lisa A. Gennetian, David Navarro

Transitional Employment via DPSS

Official Fact Sheet on program to employ low income folks at $10 an hour

The 60 month time limit

  Welfare reform in 1996-1997 made welfare a time limited activity. There is no more Lifelong Welfare.  Ideally a family will not need Cash Aid for 5 years, which is the life time limit. You can use 3 years here, 4 months there, and on and on until the full 60 months is hit, orContinue reading “The 60 month time limit”


I stare at feet – alot.  My feet are a constant topic of conversation and always cold, so of course I enjoy socks. I have about six pairs of socks shoved in my desk drawer at work, 2 pairs in my car and uncountable masses of mis-matched socks in my apartment. I don’t care, IContinue reading “Socks”

New York Homeless Housing program broken

New York  Work Advantage program is housing families in homes that are in foreclosure, apartments with mold, mice and no hot water. the Daily News has more information The Advantage program sounds wonderful. It is not tied in to the welfare system and offers life skills, budgeting and legal services. The problem is that whileContinue reading “New York Homeless Housing program broken”

Policy change: Homeless student penalized for being homeless

She had the Regents Exam in the afternoon but had to stay in the shelter for 7 hours for the intake.  I have worked in homeless shelters and that was simply a stupid move. children need to be in school, and once you have seen her – let her go to school then come backContinue reading “Policy change: Homeless student penalized for being homeless”

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