What is the welfare state? Welfare states follow a system where the state undertakes the wellbeing of its citizens; this includes various sections such as health, housing financial or social by the means of grant, pensions and other benefits offered. These are offered by the federal, state and local governing agents to ensure cheap and affordable housing for low-income households.
USA is a full corporate welfare state. That means, the US is a plutocracy and a corporatocracy; meaning that corporations dictate and have a say in how that public budget and debt are financed.
Types of Welfare
In USA, there are six types of welfare available and they are TANF, Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, EITC, Supplemental Security Income, and housing assistance.
Housing welfare offers subsidized housing to low-income households and offering low rentals for, so that people can continue living in the location convenient to them, rather than moving away to find economic rents in the suburbs. The federal assistance offered usually work at thirty percent of the total household income of the family.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Previously, public housing in the US consisted of apartment blocks, low rise as well as high rise. That has changed in recent years and nowadays, there are various types, formats, and settings for public housing.
The housing and complexes are run by the state as well as housing authorities, that are funded and authorized by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At this point, there are more than 1.2 million households that are living in assisted public housing, or also commonly known as the housing projects.
Housing assistance in 2019
Statistics show that a government program that was started in 1994, to test how rental assistance to high poverty families impacted their lives has shown good results. Families that were moved into neighborhoods that were considered low poverty compared to their original location showed that moving improved the health of the earning members, and also showed better college attendance rates. Better college attendance translates into better future earning for those children in the program.
Recent times have been hard on the economy and current statistics show that there are at least 5.3 million families that live in atrocious conditions and without any housing assistance, as housing is not seen as an entitlement in the country. These families are said to spend more than fifty percent of their salaries in rent without subsidized housing.
Housing is the most fundamental requirement for everyone, humans and animals alike. Homelessness is a rising issue in the USA and providing hassle-free housing for low-income groups or homeless people is important to eradicate the intergenerational persistent poverty.
Oct 17, 2019