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FACES OF POVERTY- THE WELFARE STIGMA

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Tiffany Straub

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Transcript of FACES OF POVERTY- THE WELFARE STIGMA

Bridging The Gap Between
WELFARE STIGMA & REALITY
"Bill Clinton's "Welfare Reform Act" ended 61 years of entitlement for the poorest of the poor in America and set adrift 13 MILLION people- 8 Million of those were children."
WELFARE VS PRISON

It cost an estimated $88,000 annually, PER JUVENILE INMATE to incarcerate in a juvenile facility.

It costs an estimated $47,000 annually, PER INMATE to incarcerate in prison.

Social Welfare VS "Corporate Welfare"

U.S. Government spends $59 Billion (or 3% of their budget) on Social Welfare (food stamps, TANF, medicaid, medicare) annually YET they spend $92 Billion (or 5% of their budget) on Corporate Welfare AKA- BAILOUTS

Many corporate welfare recipients are among the biggest companies in America, including the Big 3 automakers, Boeing, Archer Daniels Midland, and now-bankrupt Enron

Six decades ago, Franklin Roosevelt said that it is an OBLIGATION of the Federal Government to avert starvation and dire suffering in the United States.
On average, welfare spending amounts to around $7,000 per year for each individual who is poor or who has an income below 200 percent of the poverty level. This comes to $28,000 per year for each lower-income family of four.
Welfare VS Education Spending

Annual U.S. average of a child's education in public school is $10,615.00

Miami University Government PELL GRANT and FSEOG awards- breakdown by campus for 2012 FY

16% of all Oxford Campus students received Federal Pell grant to cover educational costs. 4% received FSEOG

73% of all Middletown Campus students received Federal Pell grant- 14% received FSEOG

66% of all Hamilton Campus students received Federal Pell grant- 14% received FSEOG

14.5%
2.6%
17.2%
29.1%
In Florida from July through October __ % of the State’s cash Assistance applicants failed the drug test?
True
False
A Florida law requiring drug tests for people who seek welfare benefits resulted in direct savings and put an end to drug use.
20%
47%
66%
90%
__ % of ALL ADULTS have or will receive some sort of assistance in their lifetime
20%
47%
66%
90%
_______ of all welfare recipients are children.
True
False
More money is spent annually on incarcerating ONE prisoner than toward welfare benefits for an entire family?
True
False
The “average” family receiving welfare benefits is a single mother household with 1 or 2 children (dependents)
True
False
Welfare recipients are not required to work to receive TANF (state mandated cash benefits)?
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) In 1996, TANF replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, which had been in existence since 1935. The TANF program provides block grants to states to provide assistance to needy families. States have discretion on how to use the funds. The number of TANF recipients fell substantially in the first five years of the program, in part due to a significant increase in the number of single parents who work, but also due to other factors, such as an inability of families to meet the regulations. Studies of families that stop receiving TANF assistance show that 60 percent of former recipients are employed—typically at poverty-level salaries between $6 and $8.50 an hour—while 40 percent are not employed. Lack of available child care can well keep single mothers from working as required, for example. Other factors that undermine TANF’s contribution to people’s security include a five-year time limitation on benefits; permitting benefits to legal immigrants only 5 years after establishing legal immigration, and a declining level of real funding for the program (Coven 2005). (see CBPP TANF and Wikipedia TANF.)
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