From the Reporter
What This Story’s About
In recent months, refugee families have been living without income because San Diego County was inappropriately denying them access to cash aid to which they’re entitled.
What I Found Most Interesting
It turned out the county wasn’t prepared to handle applications from new refugee families, who get a special government grant to help them resettle. The county counted that money against them and denied their applications, when it should have referred them to an alternative program for refugees.
What I’m Watching Next
County officials say they plan to have the problem fixed within 30 days and retroactively issue payments to refugee families that should have qualified for help. I’ll be following up to see if that happens.

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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