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 Beshear announced that all recipients of public assistance programs will automatically have their eligibility extended for three months. USA TODAY, "Testing robots, toilet paper thefts, legal fights: News from around our 50 states," 20 Mar. 2020 The federal poverty level is a measure that states and the federal government use for eligibility for public assistance programs. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio minimum wage to increase to $8.70 on Jan. 1," 30 Sep. 2019 Filing for unemployment or SNAP benefits, a reality for a record number of Americans, must be done online, as many states have closed physical offices for public assistance programs. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "America’s digital divide is even more urgent during the pandemic," 9 Apr. 2020 All recipients of all public assistance programs will be extended for three months, which includes SNAP and Medicaid. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Coronavirus in KY: 35 total, including 8-month-old in Jefferson County, 1st case in Kenton County," 18 Mar. 2020 For several years, the Page family was forced to rely on public assistance. al, "Alabama Senate candidates: Who are they? Where do they stand?," 1 Mar. 2020 Please help us make this stop,’’ the companies said in its joint statement, asking for public assistance. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Cellphone towers attacked as conspiracy theory connecting 5G and coronavirus gains steam," 6 Apr. 2020 The category also factored in the percentage of people using public assistance and the average amount per household. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Frisco gains another No. 1 title thanks to its economy, with Plano and Denton right behind," 9 Mar. 2020 Separately, two California counties sued to block its new rules that would deny green cards to immigrants who use public assistance. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today: Trump backs down on tariffs, ‘just in case’," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of public assistance

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public assistance was in 1884

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20 May 2020

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“Public assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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