I was a welfare mother and yes those are the barriers I faced. However, that is just scimming the surface. I experienced a predjudice against me for being poor. I had to jind all my resources on my own, I had to be a proactive force for my cause. I still am at the poverty level because my new husband is on diability and I am on unemployment, but our bills are paid and we do have alittle in savings. My children now are grown, but it was a struggle to get where I am today.
I feel that this program could help tremendously to change things, but for me, attitudes need to be changed. Being poor showed me that the only person I can depend on is myself because no one will give you anything. I don't mean to be rude, but one of the major problems I faced was trying to get out of the "catch 22." Everytime I tried to get ahead, the state would take my benefits then I was back at square one because I could not afford to feed, house and provide healthcare for my family on minimum wage. Child support was a dream becasue the men that fathered my children would rather be in jail than pay for anything for their children.
Women face these issues and most of "John Q public" ignore the struggles. I hope that things will change.
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