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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ROLLS INCREASE AGAIN IN JULY

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of people who rely on public assistance in California continues to increase, according to July statistics released today by the California Department of Social Services, with more than 3.7 million people receiving some form of welfare, SSI/SSP, foster care or refugee cash assistance.
 Among these groups, the fastest-growing category is Aid to Families with Dependent Children, which now provides cash assistance to nearly 2.6 million people -- a 7/7 percent increase over last year.
 "Welfare rolls are on the rise in California and continue to grow more than three times as fast as the population," said Eloise Anderson, department director. "Hopefully, we can turn this around as the new work and school incentives take effect and encourage AFDC recipients to take the first steps toward becoming self-sufficient."
 Included in the recent reforms signed by Gov. Wilson are programs to provide financial incentives for pregnant and parenting teenagers on welfare to finish high school; expand the state's main job training program (GAIN) for welfare recipients; and allow welfare recipients to earn more without their grants being reduced.
 Statistics on AFDC are included in the department's "Facts and Figures" report issued Sept. 10, which provides monthly updates on public assistance programs.
 Included in the report are data which indicate that 3,745,530 people now receive some form of cash assistance, an increase of 6.4 percent over July 1992. Other public assistance programs included in the report are AFDC, SSI/SSP (aid for the aged, blind and disabled), General Relief (county-administered welfare for adults with no children), foster care and refugee cash assistance.
 The public assistance data reports are compiled monthly by the department. (See attached copy for more information including a county- by-county breakdown of AFDC figures.)
 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FACTS AND FIGURES
 July 1993
 Recipients
 CASH GRANT PROGRAMS July Change from Percent change from
 1993 last month last month last year
 TOTAL RECIPIENTS a/ 3,745,530 13,390 0.4 6.4
 FAMILIES WITH
 DEPENDENT CHILDREN
 Total persons 2,581,869 9,281 0.4 7.7
 Total cases 942,312 3,614 0.4 7.1
 Total payments
 ($ in millions) $533.7 ($2.6) -0.5 1.3
 Total AFDC-FG/U
 (persons) 2,516,363 10,020 0.4 7.7
 Children 1,731,173 3,076 0.2 6.5
 Cases 876,806 4,353 0.5 7.2
 AFDC-FG/U payments
 ($ in millions) $463.8 $(2.3) -0.5 1.1
 Family Group
 (AFDC-FG) (persons) 1,917,625 8,321 0.4 5.3
 Children 1,359,564 3,237 0.2 4.5
 Cases 729,209 3,984 0.5 5.3
 AFDC-FG payments
 ($ in millions) $365.6 $(2.9) -0.8 -0.9
 Unemployed (AFDC-U)
 (persons) 598,738 1,699 0.3 16.3
 Children 371,609 (161) 0.0 14.4
 Cases 147,597 369 0.3 17.6
 AFDC-U payments
 ($ in millions) $98.2 $0.5 0.6 9.2
 Foster Care (AFDC-FC)
 (children) 65,506 (739) -1.1 6.4
 Foster Family Homes 49,661 (335) -0.7 6.5
 Group Home Placements 15,845 (404) -2.5 6.1
 AFDC-FC payments
 ($ in millions) $69.9 -$0.3 -0.4 2.9
 SSI/SSP (total
 persons) b/ 979,721 4,757 0.5 3.2
 Total payments
 ($ in millions) $432.4 $3.0 0.7 0.5
 Aged 336,909 1,130 0.3 -0.4
 Blind 22,592 29 0.1 0.9
 Disabled 620,220 3,598 0.6 5.5
 GENERAL RELIEF 177,343 (833) -0.5 5.4
 REFUGEE CASH ASSISTANCE
 (total) c/ 6,597 185 2.9 3.1
 CASH GRANT PROGRAMS Average Monthly Benefits
 July 1993 July 1992
 TOTAL RECIPIENTS a/ --- ---
 FAMILIES WITH
 DEPENDENT CHILDREN $ $
 Total persons --- ---
 Total cases --- ---
 Total payments --- ---
 ($ in millions)
 Total AFDC-FG/U 184.32 196.43
 (persons)
 Children 267.91 282.16
 Cases 528.97 560.92
 AFDC-FG/U payments
 ($ in millions) --- ---
 Family Group
 (AFDC-FG) (persons) 190.64 202.57
 Children 268.89 283.48
 Cases 501.32 532.70
 AFDC-FG payments
 ($ in millions) --- ---
 Unemployed (AFDC-U)
 (persons) 164.07 174.68
 Children 264.35 276.86
 Cases 665.57 716.63
 AFDC-U payments
 ($ in millions) --- ---
 Foster Care (AFDC-FC)
 (children) 1,067.67 1,104.38
 Foster Family Homes 565.35 578.35
 Group Home Placements 2,739.23 2,842.09
 AFDC-FC payments
 ($ in millions) --- ---
 SSI/SSP (total
 persons) b/ --- ---
 Total payments --- ---
 ($ in millions)
 Aged 367.63 371.07
 Blind 486.79 503.76
 Disabled 479.72 499.15
 GENERAL RELIEF 273.13 297.41
 REFUGEE CASH ASSISTANCE
 (total) c/ NA NA
 Total AFDC Recipients for July 1992: 2,397,432
 July June July
 1993 1993 1992
 Unemployment rate
 (seasonally adjusted) 9.8 9.1 9.1
 Percentage of California
 population on assistance d/ 11.7 11.7 11.3
 a/ -- Food Stamps and IHSS recipients are excluded from total recipient counts.
 b/ -- Estimate based on preliminary data from Social Security Administration.
 c/ -- Does not include AFDC, SSI/SSP or GR persons.
 d/ -- "Assistance" is defined as those persons receiving AFDC-FG/U/FC, SSI/SSP, General Relief and Refugee Cash Assistance.
 NA -- Not available.
 Data represents the most current statistics available at the time of publication and may include some prior month and preliminary data. For additional information, such as county breakdowns, applications, etc., contact Statistical Services.
 NON-CASH GRANT PROGRAMS July Change From Pct. Change from
 1993 Last Month Last Month Last Year
 FOOD STAMPS (total
 persons) 2,957,797 16,897 0.6 11.0
 Assistance (persons) 2,095,943 13,531 0.6 8.3
 Households 687,371 2,251 0.3 7.2
 Nonassistance (persons) 861,854 3,366 0.4 18.4
 Households 419,298 3,054 0.7 15.3
 IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES d/
 Cases open at
 end of month 176,759 760 0.4 0.1
 Hours of service paid 12,179,862 (247,683) -2.0 0.8
 Expenditures paid
 ($ in millions) $56.9 ($2.4) -4.0 -0.7
 NON-CASH GRANT PROGRAMS July July
 1993 1992
 $ $
 AVERAGE COUPON VALUE
 FOOD STAMPS (total persons) 59.87 56.99
 Assistance (persons) --- ---
 Households --- ---
 Nonassistance (persons) --- ---
 Households --- ---
 IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES d/ AVERAGE COST PER PERSON
 Cases open at end of month 324.49 333.80
 Hours of service paid --- ---
 Expenditures paid ($ in millions) --- ---
 d/ Expenditures paid divided by cases open at end of month will not equal the average cost per person. The average cost per person is based on paid cases for the month.
 GRANT LEVELS AND PARTICIPATION
 AFDC-FG and AFDC-U Food Stamp Allotments
 Number of Maximum Aid Number of Persons Maximum Coupon
 eligible persons Payment (MAP) In F.S. Household Allotment at
 in the same home 12/1/92 10/1/92 - 9/30/93 zero income
 10/1/92-9/30/93
 1 307 1 111
 2 504 2 203
 3 624 3 292
 4 743 4 370
 5 847 5 440
 6 952 6 528
 7 1,045 7 584
 8 1,139 8 667
 9 1,230 9 750
 10 or more 1,322 10 833
 over 10 83 each addt'l person
 GRANT LEVELS (effective 1/1/93)
 SSI/SSP AGED OR DISABLED BLIND
 Total SSI SSP Total SSI SSP
 INDIVIDUAL
 Independent 620.00 434.00 186.00 689.00 434.00 255.00
 Household of another490.00 289.34 200.66 559.00 289.34 269.66
 Nonmedical Out-of-
 Home Care 736.00 434.00 302.00 736.00 434.00 302.00
 COUPLE
 Independent, neither member
 blind 1,140.00 652.00 488.00 --- --- ---
 Independent, one member
 blind --- --- --- 666.50 326.00 340.50
 Independent, both members
 blind --- --- --- 1,333.00 652.00 681.00
 Nonmedical Out-of-Home
 care 1,460.00 652.00 808.00 1,460.00 652.00 808.00
 SOURCE OF CASH GRANT FUNDS AFDC-FG AND AFDC-U AFDC-FOSTER CARE
 (Effective 7/1/91) Federal State County Federal State County
 (Percent) (Percent)
 Federally eligible 50 47.5 2.5 50 20.0 30.0
 Federally ineligible 0 95.0 5.0 0 40.0 60.0
 ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSE: ELIGIBILITY AND NONSERVICE FUNCTIONS
 Federal State County
 (Percent)
 AFDC-Federally eligible 50 35 15
 AFDC-Federally ineligible --- 70 30
 Nonassistance Food Stamps 50 35 15
 California's AFDC Family Group(FG), Unemployed Parent(UP) and
 Foster Care(FC) Recipients -- Percentage of Change From
 Last Month and Last Year
 Counties July July Pct. Change June Pct. Change
 1993 1992 From Last 1993 From Last
 Year Month
 Statewide
 Total 2,581,869 2,397,214 7.7 2,572,234 0.4
 Alameda 105,680 103,282 2.3 105,587 0.1
 Alpine 134 183 -26.8 143 -6.3
 Amador 948 902 5.1 926 2.4
 Butte 21,706 20,093 8.0 21,889 -0.8
 Calaveras 2,421 2,218 9.2 2,403 0.7
 Colusa 1,035 937 10.5 1,055 -1.9
 Contra Costa 48,086 46,000 4.5 47,891 0.4
 Del Norte 3,350 3,061 9.4 3,350 0.0
 El Dorado 5,561 5,344 4.1 5,625 -1.1
 Fresno 119,642 116,439 2.8 119,878 -0.2
 Glenn 2,873 2,802 2.5 2,891 -0.6
 Humboldt 12,165 12,191 -0.2 12,209 -0.4
 Imperial 19,598 17,510 11.9 19,323 1.4
 Inyo 1,186 1,188 -0.2 1,205 -1.6
 Kern 63,781 57,776 10.4 63,414 0.6
 Kings 11,431 10,745 6.4 11,456 -0.2
 Lake 7,377 6,889 7.1 7,089 4.1
 Lassen 2,541 2,467 3.0 2,591 -1.9
 Los Angeles 845,370 774,513 9.1 841,680 0.4
 Madera 10,199 9,427 8.2 10,100 1.0
 Marin 4,355 4,361 -0.1 4,410 -1.2
 Mariposa 1,052 927 13.5 1,067 -1.4
 Mendocino 8,024 7,927 1.2 8,006 0.2
 Merced 35,171 30,513 15.3 34,954 0.6
 Modoc 1,042 1,042 0.0 1,066 -2.3
 Mono 326 331 -1.5 324 0.6
 Monterey 21,632 19,539 10.7 22,498 -3.8
 Napa 4,238 3,901 8.6 4,207 0.7
 Nevada 3,424 3,247 5.5 3,362 1.8
 Orange 111,927 97,421 14.9 111,334 0.5
 Placer 8,624 7,903 9.1 8,498 1.5
 Plumas 1,124 1,219 -7.8 1,188 -5.4
 Riverside 96,685 87,128 11.0 95,779 0.9
 Sacramento 140,666 131,423 7.0 140,200 0.3
 San Benito 2,708 2,420 11.9 2,722 -0.5
 San
 Bernardino 185,115 170,543 8.5 182,972 1.2
 San Diego 189,517 179,936 5.3 188,805 0.4
 San Francisco 38,639 37,826 2.1 38,818 -0.5
 San Joaquin 70,976 69,528 1.8 70,887 -0.1
 San Luis
 Obispo 8,314 7,541 10.3 8,316 0.0
 San Mateo 16,626 15,271 8.9 16,561 0.4
 Santa Barbara 17,631 15,904 10.9 17,595 0.2
 Santa Clara 91,025 84,468 7.8 90,420 0.7
 Santa Cruz 10,417 9,174 13.5 10,570 -1.4
 Shasta 16,980 16,233 4.6 17,054 -0.4
 Sierra 159 179 -11.2 164 -3.0
 Siskiyou 4,884 4,657 4.9 5,005 -2.4
 Solano 23,258 22,238 4.6 23,098 0.7
 Sonoma 17,139 15,889 7.9 16,982 0.9
 Stanislaus 45,901 43,037 6.7 45,921 0.0
 Sutter 5,423 5,267 3.0 5,392 0.6
 Tehama 5,403 4,942 9.3 5,317 1.6
 Trinity 1,316 1,383 -4.8 1,376 -4.4
 Tulare 53,344 49,740 7.2 52,982 0.7
 Tuolumne 3,167 3,034 4.4 3,152 0.5
 Ventura 27,426 24,418 12.3 27,204 0.8
 Yolo 12,690 12,304 3.1 12,687 0.0
 Yuba 10,617 10,433 1.8 10,636 -0.2
 -0- 9/10/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The reference number for this release is 93:154./
 /CONTACT: Amy Albright or Liz Brady of the California Department of Social Services, 916-657-2268/


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