A very informative and sage reply; pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Thanks, Denise.
When you note “couple of months from now, however, they’ll largely be on their own. that’s when it’ll get really hard for them“, I think that is the crux of the matter. In circumstances like this, it’s that need to have “everything for everyone”, bumping up against the reality that only some stuff can be provided for some people, that creates the difficult choices to be made, and the mistakes that inevitably will be made.
We’re so accustomed to having a public administration just….THERE for us. How one goes about creating one from scratch is something we tend not to give much thought to.