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Welfare Reform: State and Local Responses to Restricting Food Stamp Benefits
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Welfare reform significantly changed the food stamp program, reducing benefits for many and eliminating benefits for able-bodied adults without dependents and for legal immigrants. Many state governments are taking steps to meet the food assistance needs of those affected, but the extent to which these measures will meet those needs remains unclear. For able-bodied adults, some of these actions--employment assistance and training--may help them achieve self-sufficiency. For legal immigrants, citizenship could restore federal food stamps to those who meet income and work eligibility requirements. However, because of the length of time it takes to process citizenship applications, many individuals have likely lost their food stamps. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)
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1997
Washington, D.C.
202-512-6000