Poor People Protest General Assistance Cuts

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And now the pain begins. Just hours after Schwarzenegger announced the state budget deficit would top $20 million this year, hundreds of poor Alameda County residents and poverty activists protested outside the county administration building in downtown Oakland. In January, county administrators announced that general assistance recipients who were able to work would only receive the aid of last resort for six months, after which they're on their own. According to the Oakland Tribune, GA only amounts to $336 a month, but demonstrators said that even this amount means the difference between paying the rent and walking the streets, looking for shelter. County Social Services Agency Director Yolanda Baldovinos told the Trib that the county is just too broke to afford helping the poor for longer than six months.

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