Six welfare myths to stop believing

Six welfare myths to stop believing

Friday, September 4, 2015

Stigma runs deep when it comes to government programs designed to aid low-income individuals and families. Mashable.com explores six common myths that continue to exist regarding need-based assistance programs in the U.S. The first myth is people on welfare are unmotivated and not working. Nearly 73% of people receiving assistance are in working families. Even though welfare recipients are in the labor force, many aren't earning enough money to support a family and provide food security for their children while at the same time pay bills, such as rent and utilities. In partnering with our donors and local organizations, Gulf Coast tackles many of the gaps so these families can become stable. Compare the economy and workforce, and financial self-sufficiency in our region on Gulf Coast Community Indicators.