St. Louis Public Radio News
10:52 am
Fri January 31, 2003

General Relief Cuts Take Effect Saturday

St. Louis, MO –

About 9,600 Missourians who receive General Relief are close to being cut off. The $80 check they receive each month will be reduced - starting February 1 - to $9 a month. And Governor Holden wants to eliminate the payments altogether in July.

Social service agencies say General Relief prevents homelessness. But can $80 really keep a person off the streets?

KWMU's Hillary Wicai prepared this report.

For More Information:

  • Southside Welfare Rights Education Association
    314-432-0109
  • Grass Roots Organizing
    573-581-8585