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Legal Aid Programs and Community Colleges

A Partnership for Higher-Education Opportunities for Welfare Recipients

By Nu Usaha, Cheryl Fong & Vickie Hay

Through state work participation requirements, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families imposed on welfare recipients tough work rules and limitations on education and training needed to obtain higher-wage jobs. The work-first mentality of some state and county staff often has resulted in staff and educational and legal aid advocates working at cross-purposes in interpreting and implementing state law regulations. Advocates from legal aid programs and community colleges in California have forged a partnership to help ensure CalWORKs recipients access to postsecondary education.

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