Overthrowing the Queen: Telling Stories of Welfare in America Research from the “Voices of Welfare” project is captured in a new book In 1976, Ronald Reagan hit the campaign trail with an extraordinary account of a woman committing massive welfare … Continue reading
Broken Hip but No Benefits —Alamance County, NC, aid recipient— I was trying to get social security one time. I should still be able to get it. I broke my hip 2004. That’s four screws, two bolts and a plate. … Continue reading
Alamance County, NC, aid provider and former recipient.
The Stigma of Temporary Aid
My ex-husband and I owned a restaurant and the restaurant, it started not going very well. And so he actually started having a drinking problem. So at that point, I decided to move out. So my son, who was three or four at the time, we moved into an apartment… Continue reading
In 2010, nearly 30% of food stamp recipients worked outside the home, and 41% lived in a household with earnings.1 For TANF recipients, those numbers are slightly smaller but more detailed: 24% of adults receiving aid were employed, 47% were … Continue reading
Lack of Capital Lack of capital makes it exponentially more difficult to climb the economic ladder out of poverty. This is a problem for all poor Americans, but ethnic minorities in the U.S. have historically had even less access to … Continue reading
A life in poverty is a hard one. Feeding your family, paying utility bills, keeping gas in the car, if you have one—these are daily struggles for people living at or near the poverty line. Public assistance provides help for … Continue reading