Welfare Benefits for The Poor Americans

Last updated: July 25, 2013 by Christine

Nowadays, there are a number of poor Americans who are being judged or labelled because they are unable to live a comfortable life.

Most of these individuals become ‘welfare dependent’ and as a result, they have received criticism from the other part of the trade.

This may have something to do with the fact that the American society does not have too much knowledge about the harsh reality many poor families are facing.

More often than not, people have a stereotype of an ‘average’ poor US family. The unfortunate fact is, there are more than 100 million Americans 1 who currently rely on various types of government assistance programs just so they can go on with their lives.

While there are many reasons people fall into poverty, it is no longer a surprise to know that a number of American families live pay check to pay check.

Here are some of the available government assistance programs being given out to poor American families:

  • Health Care: It is a known fact that health care in the United States is very expensive. Fortunately, there are different types of medical programs specifically designed for low-income individuals, the elderly and the disabled. Medicaid is a popular program usually given out at a reduced cost or for free.
  • Food: In the United States, food stamps are currently being given out as a form of assistance. Normally, these may be used to purchase food items from a grocery store. With the high number of poor citizens, there are around 47 million individuals who get assistance through this program. One of the biggest welfare program in the US is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Rent: The US government also provides rent assistance to low-income people through vouchers for low-income housing, much like Section 8 Housing.

Programs for Single Mothers

With the yearly increase of single mothers in the US, it is only fair that they are getting the help they need from the government. One of the programs available for them is the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program that provides low-income earning women to get education in nutrition, breastfeeding, as well as food assistance for their children 5-years old and below.

Another available program is child care as the government is providing assistance in such costs so that the parent(s) are able to return to school to continue their education.

In addition, there is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. As the name implies, ihis is a program designed by the government for families who are either earning very little to no income at all.

Individuals who qualify for this program are expected to be continuously seeking employment as it is only an emergency fund. For single mothers who are unable to collect child support from external sources, the TANF program may be a big help.

With the help of these government funded programs, poor single moms can get the assistance they need in times of a financial difficulty. [ Click for more options! ]


  1. RT USA, Over 100 millions US residents on welfare []