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When did welfare start?

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Welfare, like many social programs, began during the Great Depression. While the programs of the New Deal helped increase employment, single mothers and widows with children to care for still needed protection. Aid to Dependent Children was established in 1935 to provide financial assistance to those women and children.

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In 1962, Aid to Dependent Children became Aid to Families with Dependent Children, in part, to combat the perception that the program discouraged marriage. AFDC was reformed in 1996 under Bill Clinton, who was president at the time, and became Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF instituted a five-year lifetime limit on services, among other reforms.

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    How do you get welfare?

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    To receive welfare, applicants are first required to fill out a form that can be obtained at state welfare offices. The filled form is returned to the welfare officer. The next step in the process involves an interview at the welfare office, at home or over the phone. A determination is then made after a certain period of time, usually 30 days.

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    How do you apply for welfare?

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    To apply for welfare, familiarize yourself with the income, work and citizenship requirements, and make sure you meet them. Gather all the necessary paperwork, find your local office, and go there to apply in person.

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    How much money goes to welfare?

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    According to a Senate Research Service report from the United States Senate Budget Committee, the total spent in fiscal year 2011 on federal welfare programs was $1.03 trillion. This breaks down to about $746 billion spent by the federal government and $283 billion by state governments.

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    What are the advantages and disadvantages of welfare?

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    Some of the most obvious advantages of public welfare include a greater level of equality amongst citizens, happier people and less crime. Some of the greatest disadvantages of welfare include high tax rates and large government deficits to support the programs. Welfare programs are also thought to create a system that favors high unemployment and low productivity amongst those receiving benefits.

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