1973: SOCIAL SERVICES
April 1973 - 65th Annual AEU Assembly
In February 1973, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare published in the Federal Register (Volume 38 Number 32) a redesigned set of Social Service Regulations affecting nation-wide social services which, in the absence of compelling public pressure to amend or rescind them, become law in March 1973. It is clear that these regressive regulations were designed to accomplish three major purposes:
- To limit to the maximum extent possible the federal monies required for continued support of existing services, including among others, child care, education, environmental protection, adult and narcotics addiction services, manpower and training programs in federally designated poverty areas, and Model Cities' programs by: sharply curtailing funds; by sharply reducing allowable income levels, thus eliminating a large percentage of persons now eligible to receive services; by eliminating from state allocations all private donations, thereby further reducing the amount of matching federal funds.
- To provide only those services that will meet the most critical and immediate needs of the nation's poor without regard to long-term amelioration or upward mobility, and to eliminate from even these services the widely accepted and long-standing Federal Standards that have ensured delivery of quality services throughout the country.
- To institute regressive quarterly income eligibility reverification to insure that the fewest possible persons receive services, thereby directing a disproportionately large percentage of an already severely reduced budget to pay for unnecessary and punitive administrative procedures.
The American Ethical Union resolves to join the effort of all concerned Americans in the demand that these Social Services Regulations be rescinded so that the poor and needy of this country may continue to receive essential services.
Submitted by the AEU Public Affairs Committee
Passed at the Riverdale-Yonkers Assembly April, 1973
Source: AEU 65th Annual Assembly Memo [job08scan]
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