Welfare Motels: A Waste of Federal Funds, Harmful to Homeless Families : Hearing Before the Employment, Housing, and Aviation Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session, November 19, 1993

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Page 38 - Home life is the highest and finest product of civilization. It is the great molding force of mind and character. Children should not be deprived of it except for urgent and compelling reasons.
Page 38 - Children should not be deprived of it except for urgent and compelling reasons. Children of parents of worthy character suffering from temporary misfortune, and children of reasonably efficient and deserving mothers who are without the support of the normal breadwinner should, as a rule, be kept with their parents, such aid being given as may be necessary to maintain suitable homes for the rearing of the children.
Page 23 - Federal matching is available only for emergency assistance which the State authorizes during one period of 30 consecutive days in any 12 consecutive months, including payments which are to meet needs which arose before such 30-day period or are for such needs as rent which extend beyond the 30-day period.
Page 148 - Chipping, peeling and exposed paint in a number of these hotels contains lead in concentrations substantially greater than the level permitted by law. These hotels offer little security, and children placed in them are regularly exposed to drug traffic, prostitution, and violent crime. Families often report that their children must urinate in tin cans during the night because parents are fearful of going out of their hotel rooms at night to use "public
Page 148 - State law, families are regularly placed in emergency housing in hotel rooms with inadequate heat and hot water; bathrooms that lack privacy and are frequently inoperable; single rooms with one or two beds, even for families with several children; filthy, vermin-infested mattresses; no pillows, sheets, blankets, or towels; no cribs for infants; windows without guards; and doors with broken locks.
Page 150 - Living on incomes generally below 70% of the federal poverty line, families frequently have great difficulty making ends meet. In addition, the efforts of homeless families with children to manage on inadequate benefits are frequently compounded by failure to receive benefits to which they are entitled, erroneous case closings, and benefit reductions.
Page 24 - Knowingly or not, we are creating a diseased, distorted, undereducated and malnourished generation of small children who, without dramatic intervention on a scale for which the nation seems entirely unprepared, will grow into the certainty of unemployable adulthood.
Page 149 - ... levels of acute and chronic health problems. Wright (1987) compared the occurrence of various diseases and disorders among 1,028 homeless children with rates observed among US ambulatory patients. All of the disorders studied were more common among homeless children, often occurring at double the rate in the general pediatric caseload. The most common disorders among homeless children were upper respiratory infections (42% vs. 22% in the national sample), minor skin ailments (20% v.
Page 20 - Although the debate over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin...
Page 38 - Letter to the President of the United States, Embodying the Conclusions of the Conference on the Care of Dependent Children Held by Invitation of the President in Washington, DC, January 25 and 26, HON.

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