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News stories tagged with "welfare-reform"

Hunger Awareness Day

As the nation prepares for war with Iraq, our attention is centered on the conflict in the Middle East. But back home, some social organizations are waging their own war on poverty and hunger. Today is Hunger Awareness Day and groups like the Hunger Action Network want to remind people that nearly 4 million New Yorkers suffer from hunger each year. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Welfare Reform on Meier's Agenda

Senator Ray Meier was reappointed as chairman of the Senate Social Services Committee. In a recent interview, Meier said his main focus has been on the welfare to work program and the complex system of public support that's replacing the old model of cash assistance. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

NY Welfare Roles Shrink by Half Since 1995

The number of New Yorkers on welfare declined by more than half since 1995. The Pataki administration says that's a sign that welfare reform works. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Welfare Reform Voucher System Proves Problematic

When welfare reform was first begun in New York and the nation five years ago, Governor Pataki said that after the five-year time limit was up, New Yorkers still on welfare would not get any more cash benefits, only vouchers. But three months after some recipients time limits have expired, cash is still being distributed to them.  Go to full article

36,000 New York Families Reach End of Federal Welfare Eligibility

On Sunday, the national experiment of welfare reform turns five years old. For 36,000 families and individuals in New York, the anniversary means they've reached their limit receiving federal welfare checks. Now, they'll apply for the state's new "safety net" program to continue getting benefits. Meanwhile, thousands of other families have already gone off welfare. David Sommerstein reports on the transition.  Go to full article

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