F-E-G-S Has Helped Make Welfare Reform a Success in New York City

By Robert Doar

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2010

The Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration, which administers New York City's principal social services programs argues that it took far too long for America's policymakers to come to the realization that providing help to the poor was most effective when it included a requirement that those being helped do something to help themselves. It was not until the passage of the Welfare Reform Act of 1997 that we changed our national welfare policy from one based on entitlement to one that insisted on personal responsibility as the surest way out of poverty. While the nation arrived late to this key understanding, F-E-G-S has always been there. Basing its programs on Jewish traditions that celebrate self-sufficiency, the dignity of work, and the role they play in realizing a fuller life and a stronger community, F-E-G-S has been helping people help themselves for 75 years.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Social Services, Employment, Welfare, Public Policy, Values, Jobs

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/no.2-3

Page Number(s): 251-254

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Doar, Robert. F-E-G-S Has Helped Make Welfare Reform a Success in New York City. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2010: 251-254. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12139


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