A welfare check is a check distributed by the government to people whose low income places them below a prescribed living standard called the poverty line. Only qualifying applicants receive benefits and each program has different requirements from recipients.
The government aids people living in poverty to help them through difficult situations. Programs are designed to assist people with the basic needs of life, such as food, clothing and heat. These programs are also designed to promote people bettering themselves and the quality of their lives to become self-sufficient.
Welfare checks are payments distributed to people through many different programs. These programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support child care programs, energy assistance programs, medical assistance programs and food stamps.
For people to receive welfare benefits, they must apply for them. Only qualified applicants receive the benefits. To qualify for these programs, applicants must meet several stipulations that fluctuate based on the program. Some categories of qualifications include people lacking job skills and applicants must have dependent children living in the household.