Welfare programs exist to help impoverished Americans. Here's how you can apply to get the funds you need.
- Step 1: Report any changes in your circumstances that may affect your eligibility after your application is approved. Use the benefits to better your life so you won't need welfare.
- FACT: In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Act, which offered different government programs to help families in need.
- Step 2: Wait for the welfare office to notify you about your application.
- TIP: Bring identification, your Social Security card, proof of residence, the names and proofs of age for any co-applicants, and any other documents required by the welfare program.
- Step 3: Calculate your resources. A resource is anything you own that has cash value. Each welfare program sets its own resource limits for eligibility.
- Step 4: Submit an application to your state welfare office, and have an interview with a welfare office worker.
- Step 5: Calculate your income. Each welfare program sets its own income limits for eligibility. Check with your state's welfare office for eligibility details.