Consensus 1971; Revised 1985; Reviewed 1995, Amended 2007

The League of Women of Arizona supports a state system that provides for a positive program to assist the economically disadvantaged in obtaining a greater measure of financial, physical and personal well-being, with emphasis on meeting basic human needs rather than on maintaining minimum expenditures. In order to assist persons in need, to assure the basic essentials of health and adequate standards of living, reduce dependency, and break the welfare cycle, the state of Arizona should:

  • Assure supportive programs and services integrated with those for the general public on an available-to-pay basis, including legal services, comprehensive health care, child care, transportation, family planning, home management, family counseling, vocational training, and educational enrichment.
  • Work with private and public agencies, and utilize community services to the fullest.
  • Encourage recipients to work when possible, with child care, counseling, job training and financial incentives available and to participate in program development and implementation.
  • Disseminate information on welfare programs and interpret the needs of the community to the public.
  • Provide adequate funds for capable, qualified staff, manageable case loads, information and referral services, and accessible office facilities.
  • Administer funds and programs wisely, according to sound management and accounting principles, while preserving the rights and dignity of recipients
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