Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit

Jason DeParle reports for The New York Times: “The poor people who were dropped from cash assistance [in Arizona], mostly single mothers, talk with surprising openness about the desperate, and sometimes illegal, ways they make ends meet. They have sold food stamps, sold blood, skipped meals, shoplifted, doubled up with friends, scavenged trash bins for bottles and cans and returned to relationships with violent partners — all with children in tow.”