If you are single there are a number of welfare benefits that you could qualify for. The type and amount you receive will vary from person to person. Some people can receive welfare benefits even while they are working, as long as their income falls below a certain level. After four or five months the welfare program will re-evaluate your situation to see if you still have a need for the benefits and services.
To be approved for welfare benefits, you need to visit a welfare office or a Department of Social Services office, and speak with a representative. You will need to fill out an application with your name, address and other personal information. The Department of Social Services will ask you to verify all sources of income, including child support and alimony. They will need your pay stubs and other wage statements from your employer. Verification of assets and resources will be required as well.
After approval you will be eligible for food stamps. Food stamps allow you to purchase food items only at designated grocery and retail outlets. If you purchase items such as a newspaper, paper cups and napkins, these need to be paid for with your own cash. Welfare recipients will receive a card similar to a debit card and a four-digit pin code to pay for their purchases. The card will be swiped the same way you use a debit card. Anyone who has children will be eligible for a higher dollar value of food stamps. The dollar value increases if you have more than one child.
Another benefit from welfare is health and dental coverage. The amount of time you are eligible will vary from person to person. After approval, you will be able to visit any health care facility, hospital or doctor from which you wish to receive service.
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If you have children under the age of 18 who live at home with you, welfare may provide emergency cash, but the amount will vary from person to person. It takes approximately 30 days to be processed for the cash. Your income will be one of the factors that determine how much you receive. If you have more children you will be eligible for more cash.
Cash payments for temporary disability are also available. The amount you receive will be dependent upon the type of disability and any other assets or wages you receive. How long you receive this benefit will also depend on your disability and your income. To qualify, you must bring in paperwork that confirms your disability.