public assistance

noun

Definition of public assistance

: government aid to needy, aged, or disabled persons and to dependent children

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The funds, which came through FEMA's public assistance grant program, required a $692,000 local match from the city. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston gets $6.2 million from FEMA for Harvey vehicle repairs, replacement," 11 July 2019 Under the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’ administration, the county hired Sage to write a report about the economic impact of Towson Row, a development that received a controversial $43 million public assistance package in 2017. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Economist's work for private clients and Baltimore County raises conflict of interest questions," 1 July 2019 Authorities were seeking public assistance to locate Suarez and Devil, who were both wearing life jackets when they were last seen. Taylor Romine And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Relatives desperately search for answers after Americans go missing on Barbados Jet Ski ride," 28 June 2019 The Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized using federal public assistance funds to reimburse affected communities for response and recovery costs. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 Adult public assistance payments to needy aged, blind and disabled Alaskans have been cut by $7.5 million through a veto. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s a rundown of Gov. Dunleavy’s line-item budget vetoes," 29 June 2019 That move came after Sanders heaped criticism on the wealthy CEO and his profitable company, even introducing legislation that would tax Amazon, Walmart and other big companies whose workers draw on public assistance. Laura Litvan, Fortune, "Bernie Sanders Rips 'Grotesque' Greed and 'Starvation Wages' at Walmart Shareholder Meeting," 5 June 2019 Because this has been a theme in federal public assistance for decades, the order may be more important in its implication than in its substance. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump doesn’t ignore fair housing and public assistance programs — unfortunately," 13 Apr. 2018 Unlike other Western nations, the U.S. does not grant people in need of international protection any public assistance, nor are those people immediately allowed to work. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Ireland’s Strange, Cruel System for Asylum Seekers," 26 May 2019

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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public assistance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of public assistance

US : money that the government gives to people who are poor, old, or disabled

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