Nation: Under the HEW Umbrella

For low-income families in particular, the programs of HEW and its complementary state agencies help make life normal, if not exactly comfortable. The Palmers are a hypothetical, but typical low-income family in an urban setting that is receiving its legal share of HEW's substantial offerings. Paul Palmer, 45, and his wife, Jane, 40, live in Boston with their four children. In addition, Jane's mother and Paul's father are part of the family.

Every month, Grandfather Jack, 68, and Grandmother Claire, 66, receive two checks in the mail. Jack's green Social Security check is for...

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