ELIGIBILITY: SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND CONTINUED NEED
FEW ASPECTS of the WPA program have caused more misunderstanding, more bitterness, and more distress than policies regarding eligibility for WPA employment of persons considered eligible for benefits under the Social Security Act. It may also be said that no policies affecting the WPA program have suffered more frequent, more abrupt, or more marked changes of direction than have those relating to the effect of eligibility for social security benefits upon eligibility for WPA employment. Policies and changes in policies effected from time to time have been influenced by a wide variety of factors.
In favor of the WPA's more or less consistent attempts to deny employment to persons presumably eligible for social security benefits it has been urged that since so few WPA jobs are available they should be limited to those for whom no other provision could possibly be made;1 that persons eligible for social security benefits (especially old-age assistance and aid to dependent children) are considered primarily the responsibility of state and local agencies rather than the federal government; and that, since WPA employment was only "a temporary and emergency type of assistance," needy families and individuals should, if possible, be granted the "more fundamental," "permanent" and "continuing" type of aid____________________