Integration of Assistance Programs for the Young
Author: Assaf Razin Policy Research

For some years now, there has been dissatisfaction with the arrangements under which government assistance is dispensed to young people. Discharged soldiers, after several years’ isolation from civilian life, have difficulty organizing their affairs financially without resort to assistance programs.

Israeli society accepts its obligation to extend the necessary support – the current programs designed to meet this need receive appreciable public funding. But they are nevertheless inadequate in several respects.

This study presents the advantages of a proposed Threshold Fund from which assistance should be disbursed to young people at the start of their independent life-path. The scheme calls for major changes in the mechanics of government assistance for young people, in the areas of housing, post-secondary education – both higher and vocational – and initial establishment as a self-employed breadwinner. To keep the proposed scheme within reasonable budgetary limits it is suggested that initially only discharged soldiers enjoy eligibility.

This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Israel’s Outlays for Human Services 1984, and is available upon request.

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