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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

One Flawed Policy. Thousand of Families at Risk (Community Service Society)

  • Organization: Community Service Society
  • Author: Matthew Main
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Monday, November 16, 2009
  • Submitted: Monday, March 01, 2010
  • Attachment(s): PDF

This policy brief gives an overview of Human Resources Administration's(HRA) Cash Assistance program and the devastating practical effect that HRA's narrow definition of "temporary absence" has on families. The brief argues that the current policy significantly burdens poor families by excluding incarceration from the list of conditions that define temporary absence and reducing their Cash Assistance grant accordingly.

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