Job info to tell your GAIN Worker

Congratulations on your employment! Your DPSS worker can help you sustain your employment AND give you credit for the hours you are working – but only if you let them know. This is the basic information you should provide IN Writing. There is an actual official form, but until you can turn that in – giveContinue reading “Job info to tell your GAIN Worker”

Can you force me to be housed?

I am asked, regularly, if I am forcing homeless families to find housing, to seek shelter, to rent apartments. And, if they do not do these activities will they lose their cash aid or other entitlements. The answer is NO. I do give everyone a 90 day head start and every resource I know inContinue reading “Can you force me to be housed?”

Homeless man jailed for Child Support

But everyone knew he was not the father. He paid the support,  and continued paying until he lost his job and became homeless. No one advocated for him even though it was clear that he was not the child’s father. And, it does not appear that anyone went looking for the biological father. Seriously? Of allContinue reading “Homeless man jailed for Child Support”

Health and Human Services & Homelessness

I read the page, but it doesn’t really say anything. http://www.hhs.gov/homeless/ I guess I was hoping for an initiative, specific resources, a standard plan to approach homelessness and a critique of how different agencies and states collect information and distribute assistance. ie, the page says “In order to develop strategies to effectively provide health andContinue reading “Health and Human Services & Homelessness”

Child Support – everything you could ask

LA County Child Support has a FAQ page : http://cssd.lacounty.gov/faq.htm#esc7 Application for a Child Support case :http://cssd.lacounty.gov/forms/css2101.pdf California’s Child Support Information Page :http://www.childsup.ca.gov/ Paternity FAQ: http://www.childsup.ca.gov/Resources/EstablishPaternity/EstablishingPaternityFAQs/tabid/253/Default.aspx Random thought to chew on : even if it is determined that you are not the father, CA Courts can force you to continue to pay child support if itContinue reading “Child Support – everything you could ask”

Foodstamps & fast food – read the comments

Read the article by Jam Donaldson – it is well written, and THEN read the comments http://www.bvblackspin.com/2010/02/19/fast-food-and-food-stamps/ . It is definitely food for thought.

Meals on a Food Stamp Budget

  the         A.P.         ran an article  by PERVAIZ SHALLWANI on how three successful restraunt owners would plan meals on less than $70 a week for a family of four.  Read the entire article here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36507576/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/   I am posting some of the best bits of advice.   Jose Garces suggests that budget shoppers start in the grocer’s ethnic aisle, whereContinue reading “Meals on a Food Stamp Budget”

Can mothers who are Homeless find success

From my perspective, mothers   need BOTH a stable place to feel secure in their physical environment and security in their emotional environment to feel successful. The same can be said of everyone, actually. Poor single mothers who had experienced an episode of homelessness and had symptoms of depression, but had a work history ofContinue reading “Can mothers who are Homeless find success”

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