ERIC Number: ED316362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-11
Working Families at the Margins: The Uncertain Future of America's Small Towns. Hearing Before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
Poverty affects many rural two-parent families, even with one or both parents working. High suicide rates, increased violence, families separated in order to find work, homelessness, and hunger afflict the rural and small town poor. This document contains testimony from poor and homeless rural people; the director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; workers in rural health care; and representatives of Head Start, community services, and mental health care. These speakers describe the crisis facing rural families and communities due to rural economic distress. Many rural workers were unable to take care of housing, medical care, and food for their families even holding two or three jobs. A new class of migrant workers is made up of workers from rural areas camping in more affluent areas while doing day work. Several of those testifying cite the failure of the welfare system to help people until they have lost or sold everything, and others testify that private sources also provided no help. Rural workers are characterized as an unorganized, cheap labor source supporting more affluent rural areas of the country. The unwillingness of the federal government to support basic social services and of many private industries to pay a living wage is also discussed. (DHP)
Descriptors: Hearings, Homeless People, Hunger, Low Income Groups, Migrant Workers, Poverty Areas, Poverty Programs, Primary Sources, Rural Areas, Rural Economics, Rural Family, Unemployment
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.