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 Johnson later worked for eight years for a grass roots group, Supportive Parents Information Network or SPIN, made up of people on public assistance and advocates who worked to end the program. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "End of Project 100% in county marks new era in assisting needy," 9 May 2021 The declaration triggers individual and public assistance and hazard mitigation, and allows eligible Texans to apply for aid for broken pipes and other property damage from the winter storms. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Biden approved only 77 of 254 counties in Texas’ major disaster request to focus on ‘hardest hit’ areas, White House says," 21 Feb. 2021 The department oversees public assistance programs for families, older residents and veterans including food stamps and Medicaid., "Rhode Island human services director announces resignation," 30 Apr. 2021 Under the Trump Administration, the rule expanded public charge criteria to include more public assistance programs, new income thresholds, and nonfinancial factors including age, education, and health status. Deb Gordon, Forbes, "Uninsured Americans Are Half As Likely To Get The Covid-19 Vaccine Even Though It’s Free, New Data Shows," 16 Apr. 2021 In the second indictment against her this year, former Cincinnati Councilwoman Yumorria Laketa Cole was indicted Wednesday along with her boyfriend on five felonies related to public assistance fraud. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Former councilwoman Laketa Cole indicted on public assistance fraud," 14 Apr. 2021 The objective is to widen by as much as possible the eligibility requirements for public assistance and then ask as little as possible from the recipients in return. James Freeman, WSJ, "Biden and the Trillions," 24 Mar. 2021 Bills in Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon would strip public assistance, such as food stamps, welfare and unemployment compensation, from people convicted of participating in a riot or inciting one. USA Today, "As protests continue over police killings, lawmakers try to add to the list of crimes protesters could face," 18 Apr. 2021 Evans said in Mobile County alone, the damage assessment of around $15 million far eclipses the entire state’s $7.5 million threshold to be met before a public assistance declaration is made by FEMA. al, "Record-breaking hurricane season pummeled Alabama. But is the worst yet to come?," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of public assistance

1884, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2021

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“Public assistance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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