Social Programs Lose Federal Funding

According to WFAE, Nine Charlotte human service programs are scrambling to replace more than $500,000 in funding cut last month by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The money was part of FEMA’s Emergency Food & Shelter Program and went to the county’s five homeless shelters, three emergency food programs and Crisis Assistance Ministry, which offers rent and mortgage help for those facing evictions.

Randall Hitt of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte said Monday the cuts come as agencies finalize their budgets for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. “It’s also a source of funding that has been around for quite a while and while all of us never want to take for granted any kind of funding, this is certainly a critical hit for us and one that we weren’t expecting,” Hitt said.

The Emergency Food & Shelter program began in the late 1980s. Unlike other FEMA funding, it’s not tied to a disaster declaration but is intended to help private and government social service agencies.

FEMA said Mecklenburg County no longer qualifies for the aid because its unemployment and poverty rates are below the program’s thresholds. Hitt said it’s been that way for a couple of years, and he’s not sure why FEMA is enforcing the limits now.

The program thresholds are currently 6.5 percent unemployment or a poverty rate of 17.3 percent. Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate stands at about 4 percent, while the poverty rate is about 12 percent. Hitt acknowledges that joblessness and poverty aren’t up to the county’s standards.

“So while that’s great on some avenues,” Hitt said, “You know you’re still talking about nearly 130,000 people who are in poverty here in our community.” The $527,365 in cuts included a total of $222,000 from Mecklenburg County’s five shelters – Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Salvation Army Center of Hope.

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Adams 14 district promotes environmental and social programs

According to Chalkbeat, Adams 14 school district is proposing an expansion next year of mental health staffing and two programs, including mindfulness, meant to help students get out of “crisis mode.”

After significant pushback in the current year on cuts that were meant to have schools sharing mental health professionals, every school will have their own next year.

Kim Cini, the district’s assistant director of student services believes, however, that the work of helping students with mental health problems, can’t be only the responsibility of a particular staff member in a school.

“You are never going to have enough mental health workers, ever. You just aren’t,” Cini said. “We are at a time and place in education, in the nation, that it’s time for all of us to step up and get involved. You need your classroom teachers, your parents, volunteers, front office staff, everybody.”

That belief is behind Cini’s push to introduce mindfulness programming in the district’s middle schools. That programming is meant to teach students to also take charge of their own mental well-being and to teach them ways to cope with stress, McdVoice survey.

In elementary school, Cini helped introduce a curriculum called Random Acts of Kindness to help younger children learn social and emotional skills including coping with trauma, a common challenge for students in the district where more than 86 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, a measure of poverty.

Three elementary school principals — from Dupont, Alsup, and Kemp — tried out the Random Acts of Kindness this year, and Cini said they’ve seen results. Now, she is planning to expand the program to more schools next school year.

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State of Social Safety Nets 2018

According to World Bank, Data from the report shows that safety nets—which include cash, in-kind transfers, social pensions, public works, and school feeding programs targeted to poor and vulnerable households—also lower inequality, and reduce the poverty gap by about 45 percent, even if they do not emerge from poverty. These positive effects of safety net transfers hold true for low and middle-income countries alike.

Developing and transition countries spend an average of 1.5 percent of GDP on safety net programs. Europe and Central Asia currently spend the most, with average spending of 2.2 percent of GDP; Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean regions are in the middle of the spending range; and the Middle East and North Africa and South Asia regions spend the least, at 1.0 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. A growing commitment to safety nets is also evident; many countries tend to spend more on these programs over time. The increase in spending has translated into a substantial increase in program coverage around the world.

The analysis also shows that on average, all types of programs tend to favor the poor. Despite the progress that has been made, significant gaps in program coverage persist, especially in poor countries. What factors affect the impact of safety nets on poverty and inequality?

The extent to which safety net transfers have an impact on poverty and inequality depends on factors such as the program’s coverage, transfer level, and beneficiary incidence. Policymakers need to pay attention to the interaction of these factors when designing policies to reduce poverty and inequality. High coverage levels paired with high benefit levels lead to higher outcomes in poverty and inequality reduction. What have old-age pensions accomplished? Old-age social pensions provide an alternative source of income for elderly adults who are not covered by contributory schemes.

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Daemen social work program’s national accreditation

According to Amherst Bee, Daemen College’s Master of Social Work program, which is the only MSW degree offered at a private institution in the Buffalo Niagara region, has earned accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting agency in the field of social work.

The initial accreditation follows a rigorous three-year, self-evaluation process required for a new MSW program to ensure it is appropriately preparing students for professional social work practice. Daemen is one of only 260 colleges and universities nationwide with an accredited MSW program.

Launched in 2014, Daemen’s MSW degree evolved out of the college’s well-established undergraduate program that has existed for four decades. The MSW program is designed for students who are looking to begin their education in the field or for individuals seeking training to advance their professional skills.

“This national accreditation is a milestone for our Master of Social Work program and affirms that our degree upholds the highest standards of excellence and academic rigor,” said Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “I commend our talented faculty for their commitment to providing our students a rich, educational experience and opportunities to build advanced skills needed as social work professionals.”

Programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education must demonstrate that their curriculum meets core social work competencies related to ethical and professional behavior, research and policy advocacy, liquor stores.

Program graduates are expected to have the skills and abilities to effectively interact with members of diverse populations and to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate their work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

“Our faculty is skilled scholar-practitioners who bring considerable real-world experience into the classroom, which enriches the learning opportunities for our students and helps them to connect to professional networks and other resources that give them an advantage as they engage in the community,” said Diane Bessel, MSW program director, an assistant professor.

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Social Change and Leadership Program

Marylhurst University accepts applications for its reinvigorated Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. According to Oregon Business, classes will start in fall of 2018. The master’s degree program will reportedly have a focus on social justice and leadership.

Aside from this, students will have a better understanding of the social world and how they can effectively engage with leaders, agents of change and problem solvers through it. The program is expected to be completed in two years, which includes the capstone project.

The report also shared how the students will research and define these projects at the beginning of the program’s first year. In the second year, they will start receiving hands-on experience in implementing the project and applying the theory to social engagement and many other ways, stores near me.

“The new low-residency format makes it possible for graduate students from across the country to remain in the places in which they live and work – where they may already be engaged in social advocacy – while taking classes,” said Dr. Sean Gillon, chair of Marylhurst University’s Department of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts.

“Each student will collaborate with faculty advisers to develop an independent project related to social change. Faculty will support and guide the students, who will plan and implement truly inspirational work in areas of interest to them and their communities, resulting in real change,” Gillon added.

Furthermore, the leadership and social change is the newest addition to Marylhurst’s low-residency graduate students, This is ideal for those who desire to study despite their busy schedule. After all, we all want to commit to our family and simply remain in the local community while learning. Marylhurst also offers the following:

  1. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  2. Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
  3. Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Food Systems and Society in the low-residency format
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Maduro to reinforce social programs

Despite the sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States, the president insists that there will be a complete assistance from social cards when delivering aid to the Venezuelans. According to Telesur, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the pension fund expansion. Aside from it is more socialist cards’ delivery to the nation, aiming to counteract ongoing international sanctions.

Moreover, Maduro confirmed his candidacy for the April 22 presidential elections as he reveals new challenges to develop Parto Humanizado or in English translation, “Humanized Delivery” program. This is for the delivery of over three million socialist cards and 200,000 additional pensions next month.

He spoke at the meeting with Mayors and Governors on February 28 at the Miraflores Palace. As mentioned earlier, Maduro stated the socialist cards’ participation in delivering aid to Venezuelan families regardless of the sanctions implemented by EU and the US.

“This year, 2018, is a key year for the history of Venezuela and the presidential elections are going to mark the beginning of a new historical time of renewal, of necessary changes in the Bolivarian Revolution to be able to build the future,” says the president.

“The revolution will triumph and continue advancing in the direction of prosperity… We continue working tirelessly for the welfare of the homeland. Together everything is possible,” he added. Have you checked Papasurvey?

Furthermore, the meeting was conducted through a video conference on social networks. Vice-President Tareck El Aissami also attended the meeting, along with National Constituent Assembly (ANC) President Delcy Rodriguez.

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Spending on Social Programs may improve Public Health, study says

After reading the results of a study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), an analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine on January 22nd found that although Americans’ out-of-pocket costs decreased 11.9 percent since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. On the other hand, health care insurance premiums have increased by 12.1 percent over the same period.

According to the Contagion Live, the research reveals that if Canadian provinces increased spending on Social Programs by 1 cent for every dollar spent on health care, they would see a 0.1 percent reduction in “potentially avoidable mortality.” Ap0.01 percent increase in overall life expectancy.

“Our analysis showed that increased social spending was positively associated with population health measures in Canada at the provincial level and that health spending did not have the same association. The ratio of social to health spending is a potential avenue through which the government can affect population health outcomes. The ratio of social to health spending is low, so redistributing money from health to social spending represents a small relative change in health spending,” CMAJ revealed.

Douglas E. Hough, Ph.D., a health economist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and author of Irrationality in Healthcare, believes there are points to be learned in the United States from the Canadian analysis. Hough did an analysis of the US healthcare system from a behavioral economics perspective. Still, we want what Kroger customers want to matter.

“One of the curious things about policymakers in the United States is that they do not seem to connect health care spending and social spending—spending on housing, education, crime—when spending on these programs can lead to improvements in overall health. Poor housing can be linked with asthma, for example. In fact, I suspect we’d see the same impact of social spending in the United States as the authors in Canada found.”

Furthermore, this obviously makes sense but considering the ongoing dysfunction in Washington, convincing the legislators to achieve consensus on such complex issues may be far from execution.

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Man cleared after alleged theft of social welfare payments

Boniface Nshekoh, 44, originally from Cameroon, with an address at Lansdowne Valley Park, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to charges under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act. He was acquitted after giving evidence at Dublin District Court that he just wants experience while helping out his brother-in-law who lived in Cameroon.

The 44-year-old man has been cleared of unlawfully obtaining €29,000 in social welfare payments as he makes “something of himself” and helped run a car exports firm.

He allegedly runs the business alone from February 2012 to October 2013 which involved in exporting used cars and car parts to Cameroon. It was also the prosecution’s case that he made six false declarations to the social welfare authorities.

In line with this, the trial heard that during this period he had bought 31 used cars and exported six cargo containers. However, since 2009 Department of Transport records revealed that he bought over 117 used cars and customs officials were aware he had shipped 13 cargo containers.

In evidence, Mr. Nshekoh said he bought car parts and previously owned cars which he exported in containers to his brother-in-law in Cameroon. The business continuously operates out of premises with a rent worth €300 a month. Defence solicitor Joseph Coonan said his client got tips of €50 per car which in total over seven years amounted to €5,850. He was also given the privilege to have the Jobseekers Allowance, as he was not working and should not be punished for “trying to make something of himself,” Mr. Coonan argued.

Furthermore, Judge John Brennan said it was a big enough business but noted Mr. Nshekoh’s parents were looked after by his brother-in-law in Cameroon, who they believed had also co-operated with the investigation. The case was dismissed and the judge said Mr. Nshekoh had appeared honest and so the evidence was accepted, Irish Times reported.

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Two Situations That Can Force a Person to Become Totally Dependent On Social Welfare Programs

Many of us tend to imagine that social welfare programs are for ‘losers’ and that there is no way we can end up being totally dependent on such programs. This is indeed why some of us say very nasty things about the social welfare programs. We simply don’t see how we could ever be totally dependent on such programs — and some of us go as far as arguing for the total abolishment of the social welfare programs. But it is always important to remember that there are situations where we could find ourselves actually being totally dependent on the social welfare programs we despise.

One situation that can force you, as a person who was previously independent, to become totally dependent on social welfare programs is ill health. Sometimes, people wake up and find themselves afflicted by chronic conditions that make it impossible for them to continue working. Such people often have no alternative, but to turn to social welfare programs, in order to continue surviving.

Another situation that can force you, as a person who was previously independent, to become totally dependent on social welfare programs is a change in labor market demands. This is where you can wake up one day, only to realize that the labor market doesn’t need your skills any more. In that case, you could start selling off the items you bought while you were working. Soon, you could find yourself going as far as selling your best vacuum for tiles. That is also the point at which you could be selling items like your best cordless vacuum cleaner for carpet. Then, once you don’t have any more such items to sell, you’d be forced to swallow your pride, and make an application for social welfare funds.

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How to Make Members of the Middle Class Less Hostile to Social Welfare Programs

Members of the middle class tend to exhibit open hostility to social welfare programs. They feel that, under the social welfare programs, ‘their’ money is being used ‘to pay people who are lazy and people who don’t want to take responsibility for their lives’. So they become resentful to the social welfare programs. Given this kind of background, it becomes necessary to figure out ways of making members of the middle class to be less hostile to social welfare programs.

One way to make members of the middle class to be less hostile to social welfare programs is by educating them on the importance of the programs, and how much worse the society would be without such programs. You can carry out this sort of education through public forums. You can also carry out the public education through email campaigns. In this day and age, when pretty much anybody can go to a site like SBCGlobal (that is, at Sbcglobal.net) and sign up for Sbcglobal.net email, it shouldn’t be too hard to carry out such an email-based educational campaign. You just need to ensure that the educators have solid points to back their arguments. Then you need to ensure that the community educators have at least as much confidence as Disney Channel actors, if they are to succeed and convincing the middle class skeptics.

The other way to make members of the middle class to be less hostile to social welfare programs is by addressing their concerns: and actually seeing to it that the social welfare programs indeed only benefit people who deserve.

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