There tends to be higher demand for assistance during certain seasons of the year. The key periods of time include at Easter, back to school season, Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. Many low income families struggle to cover the extra expenses that they are faced with during those times of the year.
Families shopping for school supplies can save money for their household by making the purchase during the 2017 sales tax holidays. There are several states that still operate these programs, and while the list changes from yer to year, it may be possible for you to save tens or hundreds of dollars per year.
There are literally thousands of charities organizations and non-profits in this country. Only a small number of them provide financial support, and of those that do, some charities focus on a certain religion or faith. Whether you think this is right or wrong, it is a fact.
With the SNAP food stamp program now providing assistance to over 40 million people at a cost of $71 billion dollars per year, there are several states that are seeking to change some of the terms and conditions of this benefit. One proposal will be to prevent food stamps recipients from being able to pay for junk food type items, including soda, snacks, ice cream, cookies, and other unhealthy products.
When Obamacare was rolled out a few years ago, it provided states the ability to enroll more of their residents into Medicaid. This was an optional component of the program which some states took advantage of and others did not. Now with the recent failure to overturn Obamacare, more local government are looking at providing increased access to Medicaid while they have a chance to do so.