ERIC Number: ED307353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Welfare Hotels. Uses, Costs, and Alternatives. Briefing Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
"Welfare hotels" are commercially-owned, single- or multi-story hotels or motels providing shelter to a clientele composed exclusively or primarily of homeless families receiving public assistance. They often provide inadequate physical conditions and services. Information in the following areas is given about welfare hotels: (1) services provided to families in hotels; (2) hotel use and length of stay; (3) cost of hotels and alternatives; (4) Federal funding--particularly from Emergency Assistance (EA) and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)--for hotel stays; and (5) proposals for permanent housing. Also discussed is the Family Support Administration's proposed rule to clarify certain uses of EA and AFDC funds and eliminate what it regarded as inequities and improper use of funds. Six tables and figures illustrate the data. Appendices list states and local jurisdictions contacted and major contributors to this report. (BJV)
Descriptors: Family Financial Resources, Family Problems, Federal Aid, Homeless People, Hotels, Housing Needs, Institutional Characteristics, Low Rent Housing, Poverty, Social Services, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children