Welfare and Foodstamps... Need more info!

Reply Tue 16 Apr, 2013 01:44 pm
So a little background first. I am looking at the potential of starting a non-profit to help people get back on their feet because of stories I have heard about how hard it is to get off of welfare. Does anyone have stories about getting off of welfare, whether it was difficult or easy, if the support was taken away to early. Please share! Thank you
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Reply Tue 16 Apr, 2013 05:10 pm
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Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 10:00 am
There are many famous and rich people that spent time on welfare. Perhaps you should start with their stories.
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Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 10:14 am
Most people are on welfare for less than 2 years.


I would guess that the easiest way to get off of welfare is to get a good paying job. Once you have a steady, livable income, I would imagine that getting off welfare would be pretty easy.
Reply Sat 18 Jan, 2014 03:26 am
It is true that "most people are on welfare a short time".

It is also true that a vast majority of the welfare dollars are spent on the same, relatively few, needy persons. They are needy by choice.
At any point in time most recipients are chronic, and a small minority are short timers, come and go.
So at any moment in time, only a few transients, but as time stretches out, those few become many. So the 20% minority, over a few years, soon becomes the majority.
The 80% majority remains on, year after year, generation after generation, depleting the welfare resources intended for the transients.

I suppose we could say that there must be psychological shortcoming that causes this desire to be needy, but its really much more pragmatic.
The welfare system provides very well for "the needy", the "Poor", the "have-nots". The system does not distinguish between those who are poor by circumstances and those poor by choice. This creates a disincentive to 'get off welfare'.

For the well intended who fall into welfare by circumstances, getting off is no easy matter, it they have managed to adapt even on a very basic level.
Each freebie morsel leads to another, and another, until all needs are meet, with little or no employment.
Those who are born into the system are able to maximize welfare benefits easily, creating a modest but comfortable lifestyle with efforts going not to production, but to handouts.
If one is not born into the welfare system, they will require more innate abilities to adapt to the 'why work if I can have it for free' life style.

When the tipping point is reached - it may take a year or two - getting off is a step down, life is not as carefree. This withdrawal period must be endured, before the individual comes out the other side, and says "Now I am better off."
On the short term, it requires considerable income to replace welfare.
Far more that the general public realizes.
A "good paying job" is certainly not enough.
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Reply Sat 18 Jan, 2014 04:57 pm
Start at your local TEFAP/Foodbank in your area.
www.USDA.gov for SNAP and foodstamp information, that might be a logical start.
Also look into the people getting government benefits at homeless shelters, i bet you'd find alot of people willing to talk/speak about their welfare predicament.
Edit [Moderator]: Link removed has stuff to read.
www.google.com is probably the best place to start lol.
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