WPA Jobs Demanded for UnMarried Men
From the Courier Post, Camden, New Jersey, January 6, 1937
Demands that WPA projects for single men without dependents be inaugurated at once in New Jersey and that these men be made eligible for enrollment in CCC camps were voted in a resolution yesterday by the Unemployed Citizens' Council of Camden, the president, William P. Hughes announced.
In a letter to William H.J. Ely, state WPA director, Hughes wrote that the resolutions were adopted to "eliminate human suffering and mental worry." The resolutions were directed to Ely also.
"Some of the men are on relief," Hughes said, "but they are inelligible for work. We wqant them to have at least two days work each week, because many of them are suffering from diseases caused by lack of exercise and lack of proper diet.
"It is time the director of the WPA in New Jersey submit projects for these men. They want to work and they are entitled to a chance at living."
Curator's Note: This article demonstrates both the need and popularity of projects such as the WPA and CCC which provided the means whereby men in dire straights could not only obtain relief, but relief with the dignity of working for their livelihood.
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