welfare - The New Deal policies of President Franklin D....

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Individual’s Welfare Government distributed benefits to impoverished people to enable them to maintain a minimum standard of well-being. With millions of people unemployed during the 1930s economic depression, welfare assistance was needed. Therefore, the federal government provided funds either directly to recipients or to the states for maintaining a minimum standard of living. Without the help of the government, individuals would grow poor and defenseless. The government should be responsible for the welfare of the people to a great extent. Providing welfare benefits to poor people has been uncertain throughout U.S. history. Government welfare policy has reflected the belief that the needy are responsible for their poverty, leading to the principle that governmental benefits are a privilege and not a right. Until the Great Depression of the 1930s, state and local governments bore responsibility for providing assistance to the poor. The governments provided maximal assistance at best.
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Unformatted text preview: The New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt included new federal initiatives to help those in poverty. Federal programs were established to provide additional welfare benefits, including medical care, public housing, food stamps, and Supplemental Security Income. These programs are in addition to the benefits available to the aged, disabled, and unemployed workers and their dependents. Welfare benefits are distributed to people who demonstrate eligibility by establishing financial need. As a result of the support of the government, indigent people who are aged or disabled receive monthly checks through the SSI program to help provide them with a minimum standard of living. The federal government provides food to poor people through several types of programs, including nutrition programs. If the government does not provide much responsibility toward the individual welfare of the people, much more people would stay homeless and unemployed than today....
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2009 for the course HISTORY 39003 taught by Professor Norena during the Fall '09 term at Berkeley.

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