The Welfare System

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The Welfare System The welfare system is run by the government that runs different programs that was originally intended to help the unemployed or underemployed (Welfare Info, n.d.). It went from just helping those two groups and branched significantly into helping low income families, disabled, and single parent families be able to live the best life possible. Some of the programs include "Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, Work Study, and Medicare" (Welfare Info, n.d.). Another very commonly known one is Social Security which is mainly for seniors when they retire. The history of the welfare system is quite …show more content…
Food stamps – This program is for those that don't make enough and therefore need assistance to get food. In order to be eligible you must meet a few requirements:
· Your household cannot have more than $2,000 in resources (Social Security, 2008).
· You must have a limited amount of income and although you may have an income
· Things such as automobiles may count against your income (depending on how it's used).
· Other Resources include cash, bank accounts and other property are also taken into consideration. SSI - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes) that is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter (USA.gov, 2012). In order to receive SSI you must meet the following requirements:
· 65 and older
· Blind and/or disabled
· Have limited income/resources
· US Citizen & Reside in a US state (the District of Columbia, or the Northern Mariana Islands), Applies for any other cash benefits or payments for which he or she may be eligible (for example, pensions, Social Security benefits)
· AND gives SSA permission to contact any financial institution and request any financial records about yourself (USA.gov, 2012). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary
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