In our recent special report, Out of Reach, we described the gaps in San Diego County’s social welfare programs. Since then, we’ve been checking in with Christine Hyatt, a 27-year-old mom, as her family has kept trying to apply for food stamps.

On Monday afternoon, Hyatt and her husband Hudson went to a county center in Chula Vista for an appointment to be fingerprinted as part of their food stamps application, Hyatt said Wednesday.

The couple arrived about 30 minutes early for their appointment but still had to wait about another 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment for their names to be called, she said. Once they were, they had their photos taken and the index finger on each hand scanned.

Hyatt said she still felt uneasy about it.

“Criminals get fingerprinted, so in my mind that’s what pops up,” Hyatt said.

The couple also submitted more documents to finish applying. A county worker said the Hyatts would be notified if anything else was required.

Hyatt isn’t sure what’s next except more waiting.

“I expect the worst and prepare for the worst especially when it comes to the county. They always take a long time anyway,” Hyatt said.

She said she would wait two weeks before calling if she hadn’t heard anything.


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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