posted on May, 14 2010 @ 04:29 AM
I see a lot of mis information about being on welfare here such as the fact that if you are on welfare you CAN NOT get more money if you have another
child while on welfare. So lets clear some things up shall we?
I am not advocating people get on welfare, but I wanted to catch peoples attention. What I am giving here is the facts, the good the bad and the
ugly from someone who has been there.
Its been 10 years now but I am going to do my best to remember.
Once upon a time I was young and dumb (O.k. so I was really really dumb)and fell for a smooth talking snake oil sales man. Even though he
couldn't hold down a job for more than a few months at a time, I believed him when he promised me the world. we got married and had our first child.
I was the main bread winner although it wasn't much but when I lost my job due to lack of daycare we decided to apply for aid.
The application processes.
When you fill out the application if you claim you are going to run out of food, clothing or electricity in the next 3 days, you application gets
expedited other wise you have to wait for 30 days.
They list of information they want from you is a mile long and they basically let you know that you are selling you soul and giving up all your
rights for this money. (like I said I was young and dumb) Here is the catch that illegals exploit, they tell you that if you believe that providing
any of this information will put you in danger you are exempt from providing much of what they ask. This is to protect victims of domestic violence
but highly exploited.
You have to give finger prints and retina scans.
The money. For a family of 3 it was about $490 a month and nearly that much in food stamps.
If you have anything of any value you MUST sell it before receiving the money. If you have a car of any value over $2000 Kelly Blue Book you must sell
it before being awarded any money. They go out to the parking lot and check to see what you are driving. This is why I do not believe the stories of
people driving Escalades
or any high priced vehicle.
While on aid they expect you to put in 20 for one person or 32 ours for a two parent home, a simple note form a Dr. or mental health profession
saying it it is to stressful for you will get you out of it. How ever they do make you work for you assistance with constant appointments, and endless
slew of "life bettering" classes that teach every thing but how to better your life, nutrition classes and parenting classes (Theses are actually
pretty good, so I can attest to the fact that every person on welfare does know how to be a good parent and eat right, some just choose not to.) You
also have to monthly reports. They are very strict on these reports and class attendance and they don't think twice about terminating you if you fail
to comply even once.
During my time on welfare it was a constant struggle to get off and remain off many times I would temporally get off but then have to get back on a
few months later.
When I got pregnant with my second child I was not expecting to get back on welfare but 3 weeks after I found out I was pregnant my Ex husband and I
split up and I had to go back on. Since I was on welfare when he was born, I COULD NOT get more money for my second child. You must be off of welfare
for a full 10 months prior to an additional child's birth before you can get more money for them if you apply after their birth. this law went into
affect in 1997 under Clinton I believe.
Although I worked much of the time I was on welfare they really do punish you for working. A large chunk of what you make is taken out of your
benefits plus a crap load of additional paper work that they make you fill out. If you are going to work while on welfare they require you work 32
hours, so if you don't get scheduled for that whole 32 hours, and finding a job that would give me that many hours was nearly impossible, you get
penalized. Yup they take money of your check for working 31 1/2 hours instead of 32 so you come out with less money than if you had no job at all.