The Three Primary Recipients of The Welfare System: White, Black and Hispanic.
The U.S. Welfare System is a program that provides assistance for needy individuals or families. The benefits the welfare offers varies from state to state. Most states offer basic aid such as healthcare, food stamps, child care assistance, unemployment, cash aid, and housing assistance.
The U.S. welfare system stayed in the hands of the federal government for the next sixty-one years. Many Americans were unhappy with the welfare system, claiming that individuals were abusing the welfare program by not applying for jobs, having more children just to get more aid, and staying unmarried so as to qualify for greater benefits.
The eligibility requirement for welfare benefits varies depending on numerous factors, such as how low your gross and net income is, size of the family, and any emergency situation, for example medical crisis, pregnancy, homelessness or unemployment. Dependent how needy the individual or family is, the U.S. welfare system determine the amount and type of benefits they are eligible for.
On 2011, according to Welfare Statistics the total number of people on the welfare system is 4,300,000 (not counting food stamps and unemployment insurance. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) known as food stamp program has 44,709,000 total number of people receiving food stamps, and 5,600,000 people collecting unemployment benefits from the welfare system.
- Percent of recipients who are white 38.8%
- Percent of recipients who are black 39.8%
- Percent of recipients who are Hispanic 15.7%
*Asian 2.4% and Other 3.3%
The United States Census Bureau estimates that there are 311,591,917 people in U.S territory during 2011. The three major primary races are showing in the following percentage:
- White persons are 78.1%,
- Black persons 13.1%
- Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin 16.7%
- 38.8% White persons out of 78.1% are recipients in the welfare program.
- 39.8% Black persons out of 13.1% are recipients in the welfare program.
- 15.7% Hispanic persons out of 16.7% are recipients in the welfare program.
In conclusion, based on the estimated statistic by the U.S. Census Bureau and the welfare statistics from 2011, the people receiving benefits from the welfare program is increasing enormously year by year. if we take for example the percent of recipients who are black or African American descent, you easily can tell that almost half of the population living in the United States have low-and no-income only being the 13.1% of population in United States. Is the welfare program really helping us?
U.S Census Bureau
US Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Commerce