. Deferred Dreams, Broken Families, and Hardship: The Impact of Welfare Reform

Ellen Reese

in Backlash against Welfare Mothers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244610
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938717 | DOI:
. Deferred Dreams, Broken Families, and Hardship: The Impact of Welfare Reform

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This chapter shares some of the stories of families’ frustration and suffering and puts them in the context of national and local studies of the impact of welfare reform. A central goal of welfare reform is to increase employment among low income mothers. Many are unable to obtain employment because they lack education and training. After leaving the welfare system, mothers frequently experience even greater problems obtaining support services, making it difficult for them to make ends meet and remain off welfare. When mothers leave welfare for work, they incur added expenses. While welfare reform proponents claim that they want to help welfare recipients get out of poverty, the tough regulations they advocate create tremendous hardship and obstacles for poor families. Some poor families who lose access to welfare are left homeless and hungry.

Keywords: welfare reform; mothers; employment; poverty; hardship; homeless; hungry; poor families

Chapter.  7331 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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