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1998 September - October

The Living-Wage Ordinance

A First Step in Reducing Poverty

By Selena Spain & Jean Wiley

Living-wage ordinances are an effective first step in the direction of raising the wages of the working poor. Unfortunately several limitations in the structure of these ordinances may lessen their potentially broad impact. As the living-wage campaign grows within the context of several of the values of community-based economic development, legal services advocates can take steps to ensure livable wages for all workers.

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Recipient Concerns with the Use of Electronic Benefit Transfer Systems for the Deliveryof State and Federal Benefits

By Barbara Leyser

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 requires states to convert the delivery of food stamp benefits from paper coupons to electronic benefit transfer systems by 2002. While the conversion has advantages, our most vulnerable citizens are not adequately protected under the new delivery systems and are likely to need more basic consumer protections than general consumers.

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How to Use the Fair Housing Laws to Achieve Your Community Development Goals

By Laurie Lambrix & Louis Prieto

Fair housing laws offer a strategy for ensuring that a meaningful portion of federal housing and community development funds benefit low-income clients.

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Administrative and Judicial Enforcement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Consolidated Plan Obligations

By Michael Rawson

Private enforcement of the consolidated plan obligations can be vital to ensuring that a community adopts and implements a plan that best addresses the critical housing needs of lower-income households. Legal services and other poverty law attorneys do well to be aware of enforcement alternatives and strategic considerations.

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Consolidated Plan and Community Development Block Grant Advocacy

By Ed Gramlich

Becoming involved in the Consolidated Plan process is a way to help poor communities secure significant federal housing and community development monies and to help clients participate more fully in public decision making.

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