D.C. Weighs Welfare Cut As Budget Gap Looms

Aid Would Be Reduced For Recipients Failing To Meet Work Rules

by Henri E. Cauvin

The Fenty administration wants to save several million dollars by cutting back on welfare benefits for people who are not working or using the city's help to find a job.

The monthly benefit, which for a family of three is $428, would be cut in half for any recipient deemed employable who does not meet the work requirement for six months. If the recipient were to go another six months without complying, the District would be prepared to cut off benefits altogether, the city's human services director told advocates for the poor last week.

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