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Resolutions & Amendments

27th International Convention - Chicago, IL (1986)

Funding of Social Services

Resolution No. 90
27th International Convention
June 23-27, 1986
Chicago, IL


Title XX of the Social Security Act is the major source of federal funding to assist states in providing vital social services; and


Title XX strengthens the nation's social fiber by partially funding such programs as: child day care; homemaker and home aide services to vulnerable families with children and to handicapped or elderly persons; protective services to children and adults at risk; child welfare services; and social services directed to reduce dependency; and


The delivery of Title XX social services by state, county and local AFSCME members yields cost-effective social and economic benefits by: providing day care services to the children in low-income families that enable the working parent to avoid dependency on welfare; strengthening families in danger of disintegration; and by making it possible for elderly and disabled persons to remain in their homes and thus avoid the high cost of institutionalization; and


The capacity of states to deliver these essential services has been eroded by a 20 percent cut in Title XX federal funding in 1981 that has since not been restored; and


Title XX funding is subjected to the harsh requirements imposed by the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act; and


Any further cuts in the Title XX social services appropriation would result in a serious deterioration of the nation's social structure at a price that it cannot afford.


That AFSCME urges the Congress to fully fund Title XX at the pre-1981 level with appropriate adjustment for inflationary increases.


Bettye W. Roberts, President
Robert W. McEnroe, Executive Director
Council 1707
New York, New York