Types of Welfare Benefits

Updated July 20, 2017

Welfare benefits are programs that help people who fall under a median income guideline. Each individual state mandates what the income guidelines. These benefits help people obtain the types of services they may need but are unable to afford. These programs offer welfare benefits to all citizens who fall under the guidelines who need assistance.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF is the cash-assistance welfare benefit that is available to those who have very low incomes or no income monthly income. The purpose of TANF is to insure that families can take care of children, the elderly or their dependants. Depending were you live there are certain criteria's for obtaining and keeping TANF benefits, which may include completely job training, or actively looking for a job while receiving welfare benefits.

Childcare Placement Assistance

The childcare placement assistance helps parents or caretaker pay for day care, babysitters or any other means of having a child cared for. This enables parents to obtain work or further their education so they may be able to find gainful employment. These types of programs go by different names in each state, for example the state of Pennsylvania refers to this program as Child Care Works. These subsidised childcare programs can assist you into getting your children quality childcare.

Food Benefits

Mostly commonly known as food stamps this program helps families obtain food for their households without having to use their income for groceries. These food programs help families meet their nutritional needs. Those on this program can only purchase food and most states now distribute a debit card that is preloaded with the set monthly benefit a family receives. Any retailer who accepts food stamps can accept the debit card that contains the monthly allotment for food.

Medical Assistance Welfare Benefits

The medical assistance programs offer many different types of medical coverage from free to low cost. Different states offer different programs for medical assistance. Medical assistance programs will cover doctor visits, medical care, dental, vision, prescription drugs and other services your doctor deems necessary to your health.

Utility Assistance Welfare Benefits

These programs greatly depend on your income or lack of income to set the guidelines of how much assistance you can receive for your utilities. This supplemental welfare benefit will help you cover a portion of your bill or up to 100 per cent of your monthly utilities cost. This program helps people who cannot afford utilities such as electricity, gas or water.

Welfare Benefits for People with Disabilities

This type of welfare benefit includes long-term living services, home and community support, support groups, and other services for people with physical disabilities. Your local county assistance office will be able to inform you of all the benefits that are available to you depending on your disability and area you reside in.

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