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Community programs: Put it on their tab

The Daily Caller recently published the article, “Cash value of welfare spending to households in poverty greater than median household income”.  This calculation was determined by turning federal spending on 83 programs into “cash payments” and then dividing these payments among households in poverty.  In this scenario, households in poverty are being billed for educational initiatives like Title I and Head Start.  The 83 programs include some big names like Medicaid, TANF, SNAP, and EITC, but also includes programs like “Improving teachers quality state grants”, “Water and Waste Disposal for Rural Communities”, and “Adoption Assistance” that the term “welfare” seems far fetched.  Why are low-income families being blamed for these costs?

While these programs support low-income communities, individual families do no see any direct financial rewards from the majority of the programs.  In that case, what is the cash value of programs targeting middle class or high income households?

For anyone curious like me, here are the 83 programs being referred to as welfare: 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Academic Competitiveness and Smart Grant Program, Additional Child Tax Credit, Adoption Assistance, Adult Basic Education Grants to States, Breast/Cervical Cancer Early Detection, Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program (lower income components), Child Care and Development Fund, Child Support Enforcement, Commodity Supplemental , Community Development Block Grants, Community Service Employment for Older Americans, Community Services Block Grant, Consolidated Health Centers, Developmental Disabilities Support and Advocacy Grants, Earned Income Tax Credit (refundable component), Education for Homeless Children and Youth, Education for the Disadvantaged—Grants to Local Educational Agencies (Title I-A), Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Energy Assistance Weatherization Assistance Program, Family Planning, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal TRIO Programs, Federal Work-Study, Foster Care, Foster Grandparents, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP), Grants to States for Low-Income Housing in Lieu of Low-Income Housing Credit Allocations, Head Start , Higher Education—Institutional Aid and Developing Institutions, Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Homeless Assistance Grants, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, Indian Education, Indian Health Service, Indian Housing Block Grants, Indian Human Services, Job Corps, Legal Services Corporation, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, Mathematics and Science Partnerships, Medicaid, National School Lunch Program (free/reduced price components), Neighborhood Stabilization Program-1, Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico, Nutrition Program for the Elderly, Older Americans Act Family Caregiver Program, Older Americans Act Grants for Supportive, Public Housing, Public Works and Economic Development, Reading First and Early Reading First, Rural Education Achievement Program, Rural Rental Assistance Program, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, School Breakfast Program (free/reduced price components), Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, Services and Senior Centers, Single-Family Rural Housing Loans, Social Services and Targeted Assistance for Refugees, Social Services Block Grant, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Summer Food Service Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SNAP (employment and training), Supplemental Security Income, Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities, Supportive Housing for the Elderly, Tax Credit Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) (cash aid), TANF (Employment and Training), TANF (social services)The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Title I Migrant Education Program, Transitional Cash and Medical Services for Refugees, Voluntary Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit—Low-Income Subsidy, Water and Waste Disposal for Rural Communities, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Activities, WIA Youth Activities

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