Speak up if you are on public assistance:
So, there seems to be a lot of misconceptions and negativity surrounding those who use Public Assistance.
There is a stereotype that exists that all people on are terrible, lazy, moochers.
So, I'm going to take a roll call - who here will admit to using it and (briefly) explain their circumstances.
I get $487/m in food assistance. I pay $74 a month for reduced cost child care. I get up to $8,000 a year in Pell Grant money for school and I am on medicaid.
I'm a divorced mom of two and a full time student. I work only on weekends and my partner only makes about $11/hr.
Next year I'll finish my Bachelor's Degree and hopefully find a job that pays well so that I no longer have to use the system.
I'm not lazy, or trashy, or on drugs. I live in a duplex and drive a beat up car. I don't go shopping whenever I feel like it, in fact I coupon like crazy WITH my foodstamps so that I can afford to feed us all healthy meals on the limited budget. I don't get my hair or nails done in a salon.
I feel like I am the REAL face of people who use public assistance. Not that stereotype people tend to have.
Anyone else want to step up and help debunk the stereotype?