Welfare Regulations/Reform Essay examples

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Welfare Regulation/Reform
Tonya McKenzie
Strayer University
Professor Wooden
NOV 22, 2013
Welfare Regulation/Reform “Beginning in the 1930s, the U.S. welfare system started out as a program to help families and individuals who had little or no income. Fearing that Americans were abusing the welfare system by not looking for jobs and having more children, to increase aid, in 1996, President Clinton signed a reform law giving control of welfare. Each state sets guidelines for determining eligibility for welfare benefits. For example, in Virginia, welfare recipients between the ages of five and 18 must attend school regularly. Georgia requires students ages six through 17 to attend school regularly. Common factors that determine benefits include gross income, family size, medical needs, unemployment, homelessness and pregnancy. Each individual or family that receives welfare has a caseworker. Each caseworker determines the benefits the family or individual receives (ehow.com (p1).” With a growing unemployment rate in America. American citizens are focused on survival by any means necessary. Even at the added cost to American tax payers fraud continues to rise across the country. Welfare regulations must constantly evolve to uncover different ways to discourage attempts of fraud on our welfare programs. These action of fraud are contributing to the financial rape and pelage of American assets that are there to help the needy. While the rush to address the welfare regulations is low. Low income individuals who are committing fraud are escaping jail time. Monthly monitoring of all fraudulent acts of public housing (HUD), (SNAP) and (TANF) are needing reinforcement and continue to be punished strongly by law. Welfare programs such as Public Housing (HUD), The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and The Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are often being abused by the same residents these programs are designed to help. Unfortunately, food-stamps are being sold promoting the buying and selling of drugs to the children in our neighborhoods. Along with the growing problem of alcoholism in our urban communities across the nation. Alcoholism and drug addiction are often leading to the misuse of cash assistance that are meant for the needs of poor individuals in our urban communities. Although, these programs are surely needed in our communities across America. There are still much needed reform within the Welfare Regulatory Division of Government. The Regulatory Division should reexamined the current state of abuse to begin to combat the growing trend of fraud in America. “ In America there continues to be a high rate of fraud in our inner cities. Percipients should not be able to continue the misuse of welfare benefits. Such as, in the Public Housing communities (HUD) residents are selling drugs, and are also allowing felons to live with them. While the recipients of (SNAP) are continuing to sell their food stamps to buy beer and cigarettes and drugs. Cash benefits recipients are getting nails, pedicures, eyelashes done while their children are left without shoes and clothing. As citizens of this great nation we lovingly call America. We must ask ourselves what if The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or through unemployment, housing and utility assistance did not exist? Where would the state of our financial economy be after the rape and pelage of American assets to help the needy family in 2014? How would all the sick and elderly survive without proper housing along with Medicaid, Medicare, and (TANF)? “According to the public housing developer (HUD), (8.7) million Americans live in public housing. (6.5) live in section 8, or housing choice voucher housing, in which (HUD) also considers public housing (answerbag.com (p1).” Substance abuse and the problems that follow are often left to