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Archive for Saturday, March 20, 1999

STATISTICS TELL SAD STORY

March 20, 1999

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Since the 1996 federal reforms, the number of Kansas families receiving public assistance has plummeted. But a new report by United Way and Kansas Action for Children suggests many leaving the welfare rolls are struggling as a result.

Among the report's findings:

  • A small percentage of the 1,700 survey respondents were using transitional services for which they were eligible. Among the services going unused: food stamps, Medicaid and child care.
  • Of the households with children, 83 percent were living in poverty.
  • Nearly one in five households that left the welfare rolls in the past six months also reported decreased income in the same period.
  • Of the families with children seeking aid from a United Way agency, 12 percent had been denied government aid.
  • Almost half the families surveyed reported having to move because they couldn't afford rent. Even more reported recent stays in an emergency shelter.
  • Almost half reported their children were required to live apart from them or in foster care within the last six months.

-- Mike Shields' phone message number is 832-7144. His e-mail address is mshields@ljworld.com.

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