“Right now, there is no exit strategy”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During yesterday’s Restoring the Trust for America’s Most Vulnerable hearing at the House Budget Committee, Larry Woods, the CEO of the Winston-Salem Housing Authority, said that our social safety net is effective at catching people when they fall on hard times, but it doesn’t help them rise back up and build a life of self-sufficiency:

“Our current system is broken. Plain and simple. It’s broken because our approach is flawed. Representatives, it’s not about throwing more money at this problem. It’s not about pulling money away from this problem. It’s about implementing policies that actually provide a positive exit strategy for getting people out of the safety net. Right now, there is no exit strategy. We have spent much of our time trying to make sure the net is there. But we’ve lost focus on what happens next when someone enters that system.”