What is with the hate? I am not sure that you and I are thinking of the same things when I talk about Welfare. I read all kinds of stupid and angry posts about Welfare Queens, and Lazy Dogs who don’t know their fathers applying and qualifying for welfare (No joke, my own Grandmother FaceBook Liked one of these this morning).
So here are some numbers from the US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute in September 2013.
70% of families on Welfare leave the system BEFORE the 5 year lime limit. BEFORE. Either they are dying or finding employment. Seeing as I have only had one client die in the almost 7 years I have worked in welfare: I am going out on a limb and claiming these moms and dads found work. I speculate they found these jobs because of a little program called Welfare To Work = aka GAIN.
GAIN is where we talk about how to find meaningful employment that will offer a paycheck large enough to lift an entire family out of poverty. GAIN is where we sent moms and dads to training to jump the skills gap and land the much-needed jobs. GAIN is where we hold their hands and teach parents how to find reliable child care and how to speak in a job interview and how to compact their stress ( Specialized Supportive Services) into manageable bundles so they can take on and keep employment. The best way out of Welfare is through the Welfare to Work Program.
Please note that there are many white people on Welfare. This is not a program for minorities. It is a program for low-income moms and dads.
Welfare does not remove the incentive to find employment – are you kidding me? I have signs everywhere in my office to remind folks that my entire job is to have them find good paying employment that will get me out of their lives or at least off their backs.
|Total number of Americans on welfare||12,800,000|
|Total number of Americans on food stamps||46,700,000|
|Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance||5,600,000|
|Percent of the US population on welfare||4.1 %|
|Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment)||$131.9 billion|
|Percent of recipients who are white||38.8 %|
|Percent of recipients who are black||39.8 %|
|Percent of recipients who are Hispanic||15.7 %|
|Percent of recipients who are Asian||2.4 %|
|Percent of recipients who are Other||3.3 %|
|Total amount of money you can make monthly and still receive Welfare (ummm – what’s this, Sonya asks because family size comes in to play)||$1000|
|Total Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than an $8 per hour job||39|
|Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than a $12 per hour job||6|
|Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than the average salary of a U.S. Teacher||8|
|Average Time on AFCD (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)|
|Time on AFDC||Percent of Recipients|
|Less than 7 months||19%|
|7 to 12 months||15.2%|
|1 to 2 years||19.3%|
|2 to 5 years||26.9%|
|Over 5 years||19.6%|