Jeff McDonald of the Union-Tribune staff reported this afternoon on a “plan” that the County Board of Supervisors just today unanimously approved to get more people on food stamps. Hot damn! And it’s a 3 year plan at that, too.
But, whoops, the plan continues to keep home searches and fingerprinting of applicants. Two community groups had pressured the Board to do more. McDonald reported:
Two community groups that conducted a months-long analysis of what clients experience during the application and recertification processes pleaded with supervisors to go beyond the recommendations of senior staff.
Among other things, they want to end home searches and fingerprinting of applicants, add caseworkers to process paperwork and give clients flexibility in selecting a county office to apply for benefits.
These suggestions of improving the process by the community groups were very reasonable. Getting rid of home searches and the insulting fingerprinting would go a long way in smoothing out the process for applicants.
The request for more caseworkers was also very good but untimely. The County just laid off 29 workers earlier for budgetary reasons, 18 of them worked in the food stamp department.
The Board did say that they would listen to recommendations by community groups at another session. And McDonald quoted board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob as declaring:
“I will be going out and doing some site visits and talking to some of the people who are applying and some of the staff to find out how this program is working,”
How wonderful. Jacob has been the Supe most concerned about food stamp fraud, in the federally-funded program.