I have been on PA for over 8 years. I got pregnant with my oldest child when I was 17 and my mom signed me up for WIC. (My mom was not on any form of PA at that time or the whole time I was growing up... but she was a single mom and we did struggle sometimes). Then when I was 18, I moved out of my mom's house and into a low income apartment with DH (then boyfriend) and our child. We applied for FS at that time. Now we live in a nicer house, instead of an apartment (but we do get HUD) and DH works more than full-time and I am SAHM (I did work for about 4 years after our first was born and while DH was in college). We still get FS and WIC. DH makes what would seem like a lot of money for some people but with as many kids as we have, we still qualify for those things.
Not saying I'm proud of it or anything but damn... I just didn't realize how long we had been on assistance : /