Five Years of Welfare Reform and LA County

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It's been five years since President Clinton signed the welfare reform act that requires those on welfare to go to work within five years. Across California, monthly social service caseloads had dropped 55 percent by the end of last year and more families were benefiting from regular work, thanks to the program known as CalWorks. But does moving off the dole mean moving out of poverty? We consider the pride and pitfalls of welfare reform with leaders of LA County's welfare-to-work program and the L.A. Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness. (Managing editor Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.)
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Los Angeles Fire Department


L.A. Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services

LA County Department of Public Health Services



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton