VII-"Our Costly Dilemma" - Ed [Edgar] May - Buffalo Evening News

VII-"Our Costly Dilemma" - Ed [Edgar] May - Buffalo Evening News

Some Malingerers Take Long Rides on Relief

by: Ed May | publication date: June 14, 1960 | Publication: Buffalo Evening News |

Joey P. had been on welfare for a month. He filled out job applications at half-a-dozen Buffalo plants, hitched a ride to the Niagara Power Project and visited the N.Y. State Employment office regularly. What he told me, as a caseworker for the Erie County Department of Social Welfare, could almost be a recording of what other workers hear repeated day after day, week after week. In many cases its true. But when it comes from men who have a two or three-year relief ride, then it sounds as if the needle got stuck.

In the seventh article in Ed May's series about New York State's welfare system, he reports that some welfare recipients have been collecting aid for years and refuse to regularly look for jobs.

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