A Way Out of the Welfare Mess

A Way Out of the Welfare Mess

by: Edgar May | publication date: October 1, 1961 | Publication: Harper's | pages: 37-42

After a week of training lectures on the job of a caseworker, my supervisor offered me the first of several helpful hints: "The main thing is to get the aid out," he said. "You can always check things later if you have suspicions." But "later" - as it turned out - I had more and more cases and there was never any time. Within two months, in fact, I was the government assigned head of household for 160 families.

Edgar May writes about his experience working as an Erie County welfare caseworker during his investigation into welfare fraud for the Buffalo Evening News and offers possible solutions to the problems he encountered.

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