Welfare Is A Government Program

1111 WordsDec 15, 20145 Pages
Welfare is a government program that provides financial aid to families or individuals who cannot provide for themselves. Welfare helps pay for poor people’s necessities such as food, housing, and medical care. Welfare is a program that is needed in the world, because some people don’t know how to be independent and take care of themselves. Social Welfare began after the Great Depression occurred. The Great Depression caused several families to become unemployed during and following this time period. The government stepped in to aid families that were dealing with financial difficulties. The Social Security Act, the first act dealing with Welfare, was enacted by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1935. The Social Security Act was enacted to provide welfare specifically to older aged people, blind people, dependent children and unemployed individuals. Five programs that were created in order to make sure welfare was running smoothly were the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education (welfareinfo.org). Though the Social Welfare System seemed as though it was helping the poor, the system was seriously flawed and was only creating a crutch for the poor to lean on permanently. Due to the Social Welfare System’s flaws, change was needed but unfortunately it took almost 60 years for the problems to be recognized. From
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