- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
This is a spinoff of a post I saw a few days ago…
What’s everyone’s opinion on Public Assistance? EBT (food stamps), Section 8?
I’m not judging, I’m just wondering what it is like in other parts of the country.
Living in a small town in KY, I can say that at least 75% of my friends were on some sort of support. Needing it or not. I know more than one of them have lied on their applications to get benefits. (don’t tell them I’m married, please tell them that I only make this much, tell them I only work 15 hours a week-on forms for employers that I used to have to fill out)
I’m all for receiving help when you need it-lose a job, something happens with your spouse, a divorce…
My sister has been married for over 5 years, has a four year old, husband gets paid under the table..yet they receive hundreds of dollars a month in food stamps..like close to 500..while purchasing cigarettes and pot. Which leads me to my next question-drug tests for recipients? I know my sister is sweating right now thinking about it.
I had a friend who lived in a house (not sure what the program is called) that she got super cheap because she had two children and was in school full time. She would take the money she got for books and things, go to a few classes, and drop out. And her house bill, I think it was basically she had to pay $11 a month. How do these people not get caught?! But she was the one that always had a tanning bed package, nails done every two weeks, and out every weekend blowing money at the bar. With that book money. Again, no judging, just stating facts.
I know it’s harder in some places (read, they check you out more thoroughly) to get benefits. My sister has to jump through hoops to get her food stamps, but in KY she said it was easier.
Once, when I was terminated from a job due to my own fault, my grandmother and aunt had a mini intervention and scolded me for “Living on welfare” when they thought I was receiving uneployment. Um, huge difference. I actually wasn’t receiving any assistance, unemployment, or otherwise. I had applied for unemployment and it was denied. Obviously, since I was fired.