Participants at the 2012 Human Service Summit shared their insights and experiences by answering the question – “Based on your experience, which of the factors we’ve heard about today contribute most to increased strain on the public safety net? “ More than 80 responses were written on post-it notes. The responses are grouped into five primary themes in order of frequency.
- Factors associated with funding of the safety net.
- The economy and related factors of the recession and unemployment.
- Factors associated with personal values and philosophical beliefs.
- Lack of understanding of the role and value of the safety net.
- Blaming the poor.
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