ERIC Number: ED080632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun-27
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Social Services: Do They Help Welfare Recipients Achieve Self-Support or Reduced Dependency? Report to the Congress.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report attempts to answer the questions: do social services help welfare recipients achieve self-support or reduced dependency? can this goal be realistically achieved given the present nature of services, the method of finding out who should receive certain services, and economic constraints? The General Accounting Office (GAO) conducting this review classified social services as either developmental or maintenance. GAO based its findings and conclusions on analysis of two randomly sampled AFDC (aid to families with dependent children) caseloads in Baltimore (Md.); Denver (Colo.); Jefferson County, Louisville (Ky.); Orleans Parish, New Orleans (La.); and Oakland (Calif.). One sample in each city included 150 cases receiving AFDC at August 1, 1971 and at July 31, 1972. The other sample in each city included 150 cases whose AFDC grants were discontinued between August 1, 1971 and July 31, 1972. The findings and conclusions arrived at by GAO was that: (1) social services had only minor impact on directly helping recipients to develop and use the skills necessary to achieve reduced dependency or self-support; (2) it is unrealistic to expect that social services can play a major role in helping recipients achieve reduced dependency or self-support given the present operating circumstances; and, (3) over the long run, social service benefits are necessary if recipients are to benefit ultimately from developmental services. (Author/RJ)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Federal Programs, Low Income Groups, Program Evaluation, Social Services, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, Room 6417, 441 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20548 (B-164031(3); $1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland