by Anita Sands Hernandez publisher of the HARD TIMES INDEX

A reader wrote me. "Anita,, help me, I'm living on the streets, no food, no job, no washing my clothing to go on interviews. I applied for general relief. They gave me a form. The first question asks if there is a parent or relative of a child in the home. I answered no kids. They turned me down! WHO KNEW?  If the answer is no, then you're toast - - -  NOT eligible. If there are no children in the home then that applicant is not considered to be a family and is NOT eligible. That form is for my state, but I'm assuming that the eligibility requirements are  similar for all states since it's a federally-funded program."


The GOOD NEWS: All over nation, only people with a dependent child (or more) in their homes can get welfare, known now as TANF, not AFDC.  THE BAD NEWS: The "T" stands for TEMPORARY. So if your children continue to LIVE.... tch tch. If all of the above is true, and not a wiki rumo, then the social safety net in this country is not nearly as good as we thought. It also seems to explain a lot-- like why there are so many homeless people in this country. I've often wondered how there could be homeless people if there is such a thing as welfare, and now I think I might have the answer. The Gov doesn't care. They created the CLINTON "BACK OFF" on AFDC knowing the Great Recession was coming. They have probably created the infamous FEMA CAMPS for the jobless, homeless that will soon congest the cities. So learn the rules of General Assistance and use them if you are ever in this condition. Learn where you are allowed to live. And be ready for the day that they collect  EVERYBODY on Public Assistance to carry you to camps! Have your acre 1 gas tank from city and your straw bale house up and ready and your orchard PLANTED. And your irrigation in.

BONE UP ON GENERAL ASSISTANCE, it's in 20 states only which is why guy above lost out.

That's the problem. Unfortunately,General Relief might not be available in every state..

                        general relief MAP OF STATES

 In 1996, due to Clinton's "welfare reform," general relief was handed over to the states to deal
with. OPTIONAL! As a result, some 30 states don't even have it, and in some other
states it is only available in some counties (typically those in urban
areas). So it seems that the feds handed the "ball" over to the
states, and a bunch of them "dropped the ball" (probably intentionally). It could
be that CLINTON's admin saw the gigantic RECESSION coming. Knew the roles
would be double/ triple. LET everyone off the 'charity' hook.


Hungry For The Holidays: 20 Facts About Hunger In America That Will Blow
Your Mind by  Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
November 27, 2012

All over America there are millions of people that will be missing meals and
going hungry this holiday season. Even as much of the country indulges in
the yearly ritual of unbridled consumerism that we refer to as 'the holiday
season', more families in the United States than ever before will be dealing
with not having enough food to eat. Food stamp use is at an all-time high.
Demand at food banks is at an all-time high. They keep telling us that we
are in an 'economic recovery' and yet the middle class continues to shrink
and the number of Americans living in poverty just continues to grow. We
are witnessing unprecedented hunger in America, and this especially seems
tragic during the holidays. Much of the country is partying as if the good
times will never stop, but families that are living from one meal to the
next are facing a completely different reality. How do you tell your
children that there isnít going to be any food to eat for dinner? How do
you explain to them that other families have plenty to eat but you donít?
Sadly, many food banks are overstretched at this point. All over the
nation, food pantries have actually had to turn people away because of the
overwhelming demand. And more Americans used food stamps to buy their
Thanksgiving dinners this year than ever before. This is a problem that is
not going away any time soon, and when the next major economic downturn
strikes the problem of hunger in America is going to get even worse.

For many Americans, hunger has become a way of life. Families that donít
have enough money are often faced with some absolutely heartbreaking
choices. Just check out what one Maine official that works with the
Emergency Food Assistance Program recently had to say:

'One in six people in Maine donít know where their next meal is coming
from, or skip a meal so their kids can eat, or have to choose between paying
for prescriptions and food, or fuel for your car and food,' Hall said.
'Whatís amazing is that food is always the first thing to go from your budget. Itís
staggering, the choices people have to make.'

Food banks all over the country try their best to do what they can,
especially during the holidays, but it is often not enough. In fact, some
food banks ran out of turkeys well in advance of Thanksgiving this year:

Three days in advance of Thanksgiving, the Pear Street Cupboard and Cafť
in Framingham, Massachusetts, is out of turkeys. According to organizers,
'requests for help are up 400 percent over last year.'

But it isnít just during the holidays that food banks are having problems
keeping up with demand. The truth is that many food banks find themselves
out of food and having to turn away hungry families all throughout the year.
The following is from a recent Reuters article:

Overall, food pantries and soup kitchens reported a 5 percent spike in
demand in 2012, according to the survey. More than half of providers said
they were forced to turn away clients, reduce portion sizes, or limit their

In Staten Island, all of the agencies that respond to hunger reported not
having enough food to meet demand, while in the Bronx that was true for 80
percent of agencies. In Queens and Brooklyn, more than 60 percent of
agencies did not have enough food to meet the needs of the populations they

If you are able, please support your local food bank. The needs are great
and they are only going to get greater.

The following are 20 facts about hunger in America that will blow your mind:

#1 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now
exceeds the combined populations of 'Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut,
Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine,
Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North
Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West
Virginia, and Wyoming.'

#2 In October 2008, 30.8 million Americans were on food stamps. By August
2012 that number had risen to 47.1 million Americans.

#3 Right now, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out
of every four American children is on food stamps.

#4 It is projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps
at least once before they turn 18 years of age.

#5 According to new numbers that were just released by the U.S. Census
Bureau, the number of Americans living in poverty increased to a new
all-time record high of 49.7 million last year.

#6 The number of Americans living in poverty has increased by about 6
million over the past four years.

#7 Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings
home wages that are at or below the federal poverty level.

#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for children living
in the United States is about 22 percent.

#9 Overall, approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States
are living in homes that are either considered to be either 'low income' or

#10 In the United States today, close to 100 million Americans are
considered to be either 'poor' or 'near poor'.

#11 One university study estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy
500 billion dollars each year.

#12 Households that are led by a single mother have a 31.6 percent poverty

#13 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on
food stamps.

#14 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4 percent
of all children in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1 percent of all
children in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6 percent of all children in
Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6 percent of all children in Detroit
are living in poverty. Don't even ask about FLINT MICHIGAN!

#15 Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of
California has increased by 30 percent.

#16 Family homelessness in the Washington D.C. region (one of the wealthiest
regions in the entire country) has risen 23 percent since the last recession

#17 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30 percent of
the children are facing food insecurity.

#18 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep
from going hungry.

#19 Right now, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one
welfare program run by the federal government. And that does not even count
Social Security or Medicare.

#20 According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, approximately 40
percent of all food in America 'is routinely thrown away by consumers at
home, discarded or unserved at restaurants or left unharvested on farms.'