By Benedict Giamo, Jeffrey Grunberg
Positive factors interviews with 9 people who talk about the standards that give a contribution to homelessness.
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Perhaps this would lead to other reciprocal acts. ROSSI: You would have to worry about who would qualify and, also, you would have to make sure the family got their share. This might sound like a bypass, but it is really quite relevant. The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York has been funding programs throughout the country for what it calls family preservation. It is aimed at young adolescents who are about ready to be removed from their families because of conflict with the family, unruly adults, child abuse, etc.
So the question always arose: well, who is "ours"? So, for example, in New York state during the depression, the settlement rule required that you be a resident of the state for at least a year, and of the county for at least six months, in order to become eligible for poor relief. Because one consequence of the depression was a great deal of transiency, a distinction then had to be made between "our homeless" and the "transient homeless" just passing through. The transients were just pushed along with Greyhound therapy to the next town or county.
It is called Aid to Families with Depen- Page 23 dent Adults [AFDA]. This program would provide subsidies, especially to poor families, so that they are able to sustain whatever additional expenses are necessary to keep their dependent adults inside the house. Supplemental Security Income does that, though it is indirect. An SSI payment will get your mother to take you back, providing you share a bit of it with her. GRUNBERG: For many of the homeless, the only form of connectedness with their families is through the vehicle of their checks.