City officials have removed several ineligible welfare recipients from the rolls after discovering they were receiving benefits from more than one District program.
The discovery, made through a program known as Project Match, has saved the city $7,000 a month in welfare payments, said Limmie Morton, director of the Deparmtnet of Human Resources inspection office. The ineligible recipients were located by comparing names of persons on welfare with names of prsons receiving aid from other city programs.
Officials found that 23 children in foster homes were also receiving AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) benefits. Only two were entitled to the benefits they were getting; the others were either receiving the wrong amounts because of administrative errors or fraud was suspecrted.
The study revealed that 300 persons living in alcohol rehabilitation centers supported by city funds were also on welfare. Twenty-three were ineligible for the benefits and fraud is suspected in five of these cases.
Within weeks, the project will be extended to jubenile and adult correctional facilities, where the names of residents committed to the institutions by the courts will be checked against the welfare rolls.
The apparent success of Project Match was announced at the Department of Human Resources weekly press conference last week.
DHR also announced that it will sponsor a series of community seminars to provide detailed information about new food stamp regulations. The seminars will explain eligibility requirements and how to apply.
The department recently completed an all-day orientation that was attended by 35 representatives of 15 civic groups and by several D.C. City Council staff members.
Questions about the new food stamp regulations, which eliminate the purchase requirement, can also be obtained by calling the D.C. Hotline numbers: 724-4354 of 724-4355.