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Will California sidestep federal 'work first' welfare rules?

Original post made on Apr 28, 2022

The state is trying to make its cash assistance program more flexible for low-income parents. Advocates say a federal rule is hindering those efforts.

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Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 28, 2022 at 6:01 pm

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It seems that many/most of the recipients are single parents. Perhaps the state could also attack that root cause by encouraging 2-parent households and provide congregate living arrangements that would reduce living costs for single parent households.

Posted by Yolanda Martinez
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 29, 2022 at 8:00 am

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Here's how the CalWorks program currently works:

If qualified, the applicant is approved for cash assistance + food stamps and must attend a job search program conducted by the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency.

The course covers how to complete a job application or resume and how to prepare for a job interview.

Upon completion of the program, CalWorks participants must then land a job to continue receiving the aforementioned support benefits.

The benefits are then pro-rated against one's earnings. If these earnings exceed the established maximum limit, then both Cash Aid and food stamps are cut off altogether.

In most cases with a minimum wage job, the Cash Aid and food stamp allotments are reduced.

The program does not provide for child care assistance while the CalWorks recipient is either working or attending the required course which runs approximately two weeks, eight hours a day.

The purpose of the program is to reduce the number of individuals on public assistance by helping them land a job but it does not prepare them for an actual career.

As a result, the Cash Aid and food stamp programs often become a long-term outlet for poorer people with minimal job options.

It should also be noted that the CalWorks and food stamp programs are not lucrative endeavors as the most one can receive per month is about $100.00 in financial assistance for the CashAid recipient and roughly $190.00 in food stamps for each family member.

The CalWorks programs perpetuates poverty by allocating just barely enough to survive on.

Single people who are childless can also apply for a monthly cash assistance program called GA (General Assistance) but the recipients must complete a mandatory 24 hours per month job assignment cleaning municipal parks, working at a Salvation Army store, or at a county social services office collating and stapling county forms (8 hours a day/3 days total) at minimum wage.

The Clinton administration only perpetuated poverty.

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