Federal officials rejected Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to bar NYC’s food stamp users from buying soda and other sugary drinks with them. The decision derailed one of the mayor’s big ideas to fight obesity and poor nutrition in the city.
The day that Elaine Riddick had her first and only child, the state of North Carolina had her sterilized on the orders of a court. Riddick had been raped but the state said she was promiscuous.
Welfare is intimately linked to the failure of western European countries to integrate their Muslim populations, and explains why Britain, London especially, has such a problem with Islamism.
Congress has been battling to pass a continuing resolution to fund government through September. Both supporters and opponents claim HR1 is a serious attempt to reduce federal spending. However, an examination of the details of the bill call that cla
The city shut down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.
Thousands of documents show tens of millions of welfare dollars have been spent out of state, some at vacation resorts. The discovery is leading to new legislation to prevent welfare abuse.
Job losses sends families flocking to low-income health insurance program More people signed up for Medicaid last year than at any time since the program's inception, as the recession wiped out jobs and workplace health coverage.
apparently one can't share food provided through federally subsidized meal programs.
Florida could become one of the country's first cash-strapped states to let for-profit companies compete for contracts overseeing nearly every Medicaid patient, including those in nursing homes and the disabled.
...many instead concern themselves with getting the so called “fair share” for their state and community from the federal government, while the monstrous federal government smugly takes the lion’s share for itself.
So I was sitting in front of the internet feeling sorry for myself and somehow came to a page that listed 165 famous people who were once homeless. Its possible, so what's my excuse?
Germany gives a recent example demonstrating that, contrary to popular wisdom, economies recover from actual economic growth and not government spending.
Shocking truth about a growing emergency
Bureaucrats love to acquire power over your life under the guise of providing for your "health and safety." In Arizona, that concern left a woman to sleep in her car for 11 nights.
The shadow of homelessness is reaching across this country, even moreso today and there are few who are willing to face this beast head on and expose its tragic causes and even more tragic effects.
At 11 p.m. on the last day of the month, shoppers flock to the nearest Walmart. They load their carts with food and wait for the midnight hour. That's when food stamp credits are loaded on their electronic benefits transfer cards.
With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.
Older Americans who were raised on stories of the Great Depression and acquired lifelong habits of thrift now find themselves crowding soup kitchens and food pantries in greater numbers for the first time after seeing retirement funds, second jobs a
A surge in first time visitors has contributed to the greatest demand in years at food banks nationwide, according to Feeding America, a Chicago-based national food bank association. Many of the first timers were middle class but lost jobs or had the
"There are families not eating at the end of the month,” said the chief marketing officer at Wal-Mart, and “literally lining up at midnight” at Wal-Mart stores waiting to buy food when paychecks or government checks land in their accounts.
Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say.
Detroit, Riot City: In scenes better suited to a Third World country tens of thousands of desperate people assemble in the hope of receiving $3,500 emergency welfare aid disbursements. Unemployment in Detroit is 29%.
Thousands of low-income Coloradans reliant on public assistance could get a free [tax funded] cellphone under a plan before the state Public Utilities Commission.
If approved, the plan by TracFone Wireless in Miami would make Colorado the 17th state it has settled into with free cell service for the indigent, a form of wireless welfare that proponents say taps into one of the last untapped markets for the telecom technology.
Could California become the first state in the nation to do away with welfare?
That doomsday scenario is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with a staggering $24.3 billion budget deficit.
County welfare directors are "in shock" at the very idea of getting rid of CalWORKs, which has been widely viewed as one of the most successful social programs in the state's history, said Bruce Wagstaff, director of the Department of Human Assistance in Sacramento.
"It's difficult to come up with the right adjective to react to this," Wagstaff said. "It would be devastating to the people we serve."
H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance, said California is in an unprecedented fiscal situation that has made all programs, from education to human services, vulnerable to deep and painful reductions.
...state spending cuts so deep and so painful that they could rewrite the social contract between California and its citizens. They could also force a fundamental rethinking of the proper role of government in the Golden State.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s free wheels for welfare recipients program is revving up despite the stalled economy, as the keys to donated cars loaded with state-funded insurance, repairs and even AAA membership are handed out to get them to work.
Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
A record 32.2 million people -- one in every 10 Americans -- received food stamps at latest count---a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month. Food stamps are the major U.S. antihunger program and help poor people buy groceries.
During her confirmation hearing, Sebelius avoided endorsing a plan to make people legally responsible for seeing that they're insured. The concept of how, or whether, universal coverage would be mandated is just one of the thorny issues to be dea
Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random drug testing. The effort comes as more Americans turn to these safety nets to ride out the recession. Poverty and civil liberties