Welfare Office Overwhelmed with Applicants

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – JANUARY 7: People wait in line to apply for benefits, including Medicaid and Food Stamps at the Gwinnett County Department of Family and Childrens Services in Lawrenceville, Georgia on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Medicaid enrollments have surged during the recession. This office has been so overwhelmed by applicants that the fire marshal had to close it down one day a couple of weeks before Christmas. PHOTO CREDIT: ERIK S. LESSER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

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