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30 Contemp. Drug Probs. 241 (2003)
Homelessness, Hunger and Material Hardship among Those Who Lost SSI

handle is hein.journals/condp30 and id is 251 raw text is: Contemporary Drug Problems 30/Spring-Summer 2003

Homelessness, hunger and
material hardship among those
who lost SSI
The nine-city SSI Study followed 1,764 randomly sampled
recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for Drug
Addiction and Alcoholism (DA&A)for two years after program
termination in January 1997. About one-third of respondents
requalified for SSI benefits, and about half of those who lost
benefits replaced 50% or more of their baseline income with public
assistance, wages, or help from family or friends. We examined the
effects of loss of benefits and income replacement on six hardship
indicators. Material hardship rates were high even at baseline.
AUTHORS' NOTE: This project was supported by the Evelyn and Walter
Haas, Jr. Fund (grant 96-275); the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
(grant 96-1121); the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grants 030792
and 031596); San Francisco Community Substance Abuse Services and
California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, in coordination
with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Social Services Agency,
County of Alameda; the University of California, San Francisco, under a
Task Order with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; and the Uni-
versity of Akron, with funding provided by Westat, Inc., the Curators of the
University of Missouri, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The
views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily rep-
resent the views of any of the funders. Address correspondence to: Jean C.
Norris, MS, RD, DrPH, Public Health Institute, 2168 Shattuck Avenue, Ste.
301, Berkeley, CA 94707-1307; phone: (510) 649-1987; fax: (510) 648-
7894; e-mail: jcnorris@phi.org.

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