Welfare Simplification:

Projects To Coordinate Services for Low-Income Families

HRD-86-124FS: Published: Aug 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided: (1) an inventory of service integration demonstration projects completed during the period 1970 through 1985; and (2) a bibliography of literature on service integration.

GAO focused its work on service integration projects for low-income families generally eligible for programs such as Aid to Families With Dependent Children, Medicaid, Food Stamp, and Section 8 Housing. GAO excluded from its listings information on projects related to certain target groups such as American Indians, the mentally and physically impaired, and the elderly, and to specific educational, employment, and training programs. Projects included in the listings received funding between 1970 and 1985. GAO found that, of 50 completed service integration projects: (1) state, county, or city agencies sponsored 33; (2) associations, private organizations, and universities sponsored 17; (3) 9 were statewide operations; (4) 20 operated in a multicounty area; (5) 10 operated in one county; and (6) 11 operated in urban areas.

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