If You Get the Full Entitlement Package From the Gov?

Question by 60 min man: if you get the full entitlement package from the gov?
what would be the full benefit amount of those programs? max on food stamps, max on welfare checks? we all know you can get housing for free($ 400-$ 600) a month, free cable($ 50) a month, free daycare($ 300-$ 500) a month and there is WIC. and how does that compare to what a person would make working a full time job with about 5-7 hours of overtime each week? now do you see why the ranks of the poor are growing? which would you rather do, given a choice and knowing people generally take the road more traveled, easier you know. thoughts? thanks
agree with the first two but i am more interseted in an average yearly benefit, just trying to gather numbers.

Best answer:

Answer by Drixnot
60% of the federal poverty level is average for food stamps + cash payments

For a family of 4 that equals about 13k. If a family gets other benefits like housing the cash is cut off.
Cable is NEVER free… phone maybe but never cable.

If they get daycare then they must be working or attending school … and bring in proof every week.

WIC only covers pregnant women and children under 5…. it is a supplemental program.

If you think living on welfare is so great then go ahead and quit your job and try it. My family has been there and done that, its not a good life… its an existence.

With the exception of medical insurance you are always better off with a full time minimum wage job. If you have a sick family member that needs medication then you might be better off staying on welfare.

add – Yes, it is possible to get WIC and daycare along with food stamps and some cash. The ONLY way possible though would be a student. Get bad grades though and they bounce you off the program.

Low income workers could also get WIC and daycare if they are working, but no food stamps or cash.

There is a program that assists with the phone bill, a land line for $ 12 a month (basic service, no long distance)

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2 Responses to If You Get the Full Entitlement Package From the Gov?

  • daniel_dubv says:

    not all these programs are available to everybody at the same time….even if you qualify for one you wont get another….ie….if you get wic (baby formula, eggs, milk, ect) you wouldnt get daycare because your child dosnt need it at that time…and i dont know about the cable part, i do know they pay for a phone , also if you are working full time you probably wont qualify for anything at all…BTW housing isnt anything we should hold against people, its a necessity for the children, and even if your not on HUD, there are still numerous apt’s that are based on income….

  • Yakuza says:

    Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random drug testing.

    Those in favor of the drug tests say they are motivated out of a concern for their constituents’ health and ability to put themselves on more solid financial footing once the economy rebounds. But proponents concede they also want to send a message: you don’t get something for nothing.

    “Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Viginia Legislature who has created a Web site — notwithmytaxdollars.com — that bears a bobble-headed likeness of himself advocating this position. “If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?”
    Blair is proposing the most comprehensive measure in the country, as it would apply to anyone applying for food stamps, unemployment compensation or the federal programs usually known as “welfare”: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Women, Infants and Children.

    On Wednesday, the Kansas House of Representatives approved a measure mandating drug testing for the 14,000 or so people getting cash assistance from the state, which now goes before the state senate. In February, the Oklahoma Senate unanimously passed a measure that would require drug testing as a condition of receiving TANF benefits, and similar bills have been introduced in Missouri and Hawaii. A Florida senator has proposed a bill linking unemployment compensation to drug testing, and a member of Minnesota’s House of Representatives has a bill requiring drug tests of people who get public assistance under a state program there.

    Drug testing is not the only restriction envisioned for people receiving public assistance: a bill in the Tennessee Legislature would cap lottery winnings for recipients at $ 600.

    There seems to be no coordinated move around the country to push these bills, and similar proposals have arisen periodically since federal welfare reform in the 1990s. But the appearance of a cluster of such proposals in the midst of the recession shows lawmakers are newly engaged about who is getting public assistance.

    Particularly troubling to some policy analysts is the drive to drug test people collecting unemployment insurance, whose numbers nationwide now exceed 5.4 million, the highest total on records dating back to 1967.
    Indeed, these proposals are coming at a time when more Americans find themselves in need of public assistance.

    Although the number of TANF recipients has stayed relatively stable at 3.8 million in the last year, claims for unemployment benefits and food stamps have soared.

    In December, more than 31.7 million Americans were receiving food stamp benefits, compared with 27.5 million the year before.

    The link between public assistance and drug testing stems from the Congressional overhaul of welfare in the 1990s, which allowed states to implement drug testing as a condition of receiving help.

    At least six states — Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Virginia — tie eligibility for some public assistance to drug testing for convicted felons or parolees, according to the NCSL.

    Programs that screen welfare applicants by assigning them to case workers for interviews have shown some success without the need for drug tests. These alternative measures offer treatment, but can also threaten future benefits if drug problems persist.

    I like working and Im not asking anyone for assistance, especially the government.
    I also think welfare has become a way of life for many and not a temporary fix( as it was designed )until they can get back on their feet…Gererations after generations consiter it as a way of life

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