public assistance


Definition of public assistance

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Another bill that could pass out of the Senate quickly is House Bill 7, which would significantly tighten rules on eligibility for public assistance benefits like federal food stamps and Medicaid. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2022 The city also offers a subsidized rate of 50 cents per ride for qualifying low-income Newton residents who are on public assistance. John Hilliard,, 19 July 2022 Within weeks, a federal judge ordered that the moms and kids whom Nevada had slashed from public assistance would have their benefits reinstated. Eli Hager, ProPublica, 30 Dec. 2021 Rachel stopped leaving the house and eventually went on public assistance. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Many marginalized people happen to be women, including low-income mothers, for whom the mere act of applying for public assistance can subject them to presumptions of criminal intent. Nora Mcdonald, Chron, 16 May 2022 The Mobile Police Department said today its detectives are investigating a possible kidnapping, according to Corporal Katrina H. Frazier. Police asked for public assistance in locating Marlene French, who was last seen with Dominque Thornton. al, 10 Apr. 2022 Bowser and Adams held a joint news conference Monday evening to appeal for public assistance in identifying the attacker. Bobby Caina Calvan And Ashraf Khalil, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Mar. 2022 The policy: On Oct. 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services filed a public charge rule change notice in the Federal Register to make immigrants who receive public assistance ineligible to receive green cards. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of public assistance

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Public assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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