ERIC Number: ED411375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-9
Reference Count: N/A
Los Angeles in an Era of Welfare Reform: Implications for Poor People and Community Well-being.
Wolch, Jennifer; Sommer, Heidi
This report, framed by the region's foremost experts on poverty, is the first comprehensive and scientifically rigorous analysis of the implications of welfare reform for the people and communities of Los Angeles (California). Direct and indirect impacts are considered. It is concluded that the number of welfare recipients in Los Angeles likely to slide deeper into poverty as a result of welfare reform is large. Planned reforms will mean a loss of jobs for Los Angeles County, and those expected to change from welfare to work will have grave difficulty securing employment. As some find work, others will lose opportunities. The County will face rising demands on its general relief program, health care services, and children's services, and it will lose Medi-Cal revenues. The extent of social problems related to poverty, such as poor health, child abuse, hunger, and homelessness, may rise significantly. Many communities in the area will be affected, as the impact spreads beyond the immediate city. Neither the voluntary nonprofit sector nor the county of Los Angeles has the economic or political capacity to replace the social safety net or protect the health and welfare of the area's residents. One appendix presents detailed impact calculations, and the other contains the input-output analysis. (Contains 19 tables and 16 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Homeless People, Labor Market, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Social Problems, Social Services, Unemployment, Urban Areas, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Human Services Network, 1010 South Flower St., #401A, Los Angeles, CA 80015; fax: 213-763-0894 (summary report, $10; full report, $20).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern California Inter-University Consortium on Homelessness and Poverty.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)