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Welfare at 43-year low

March 15, 2007

According to an article in the Daily News, city officials reported yesterday that the number of New Yorkers on Welfare hit a 43-year low last month. While some city officials are attempting to credit the drop to the Bloomberg adminstration, poverty experts look to other telling statistics for an explanation. Joel Berg, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Hunger, was quoted as saying, “We are moving far more people from welfare to the streets.” Just last month, the Coalition for the Homeless reported that the average number of families entering shelters reached an all-time high of 9,287.

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