The Issue Of Social Services

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Social services are available in the United States to help citizens through the financial hardships which are all too prevalent in our society. The degree to which a state provides social services depends on many factors including state and federal budgets, current job opportunities, and cost of living. Take Texas, a state which is known for its low cost of living along with its low taxes. Yet, an article by the Burnt Orange Report contends that Texas is one of the states with the highest rates of poverty. (Cadik) Whether or not this claim is true is up for debate. The fact is Texas does face the issue of poverty just like the rest of the nation does. The state has chosen to address the issue by implementing two social programs designed to help those in need: the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. We 'll cover both of these programs in detail, but we 'll also be looking at the trade off involved in increasing funding for these social services and how they would affect low-income Texans. First up is the TANF program which is a federal effort to assist low-income families by providing cash welfare to eligible recipients. The goals of this federal program are to “(1) provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives; (2) end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage; (3) prevent
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