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Families Hardest Hit: The Impacts of Welfare Reform on Homeless Families

by Anna Kostrzewski; Christy Lambertson; Julie Dworkin; Karen Blonsky

Sep 1, 2000

A 1999 survey of 481 families living in homeless shelters in Chicago gathered information about the impacts of welfare reform on these families' lives. The results indicate that families are becoming homeless because of changes in welfare law that have led to an increase in lost benefits and a policy of pushing people into work without proper preparation or adequate supports.