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Feds: Too few Americans ‘turn to government for assistance’

Posted By admin On August 28, 2012 @ 2:36 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner [1]
August 28, 2012

More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance.

“Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created [2] a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.

The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results:

  • Savings 44%
  • Family 21%
  • Credit cards/loans 20%
  • Government assistance 15%

“Government assistance comes in different forms—from unemployment checks and food assistance to credit counseling and medical treatment,” USA.gov reminded readers.

This leg of the financial assistance push has ended. “Although our campaign to highlight Help for Difficult Financial Times [3] has ended, we know that your struggles may continue,” said USA.gov today. “We will keep updating the tools and information we provide to help you get back on your feet.”

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[1] Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/feds-too-few-americans-turn-to-government-for-assistance/article/2506052#.UDyYlsFlSOz

[2] created: http://www.usa.gov/citizen/topics/family/help-for-difficult-financial-times.shtml

[3] Help for Difficult Financial Times: http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwODI3LjEwMDYzMDgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEyMDgyNy4xMDA2MzA4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MTMzOTI5JmVtYWlsaWQ9amdlaHJrZUBkY2V4YW1pbmVyLmNvbSZ1c2VyaWQ9amdlaHJrZUBkY2V4YW1pbmVyLmNvbSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&100&&&http://www.usa.gov/citizen/topics/family/help-for-difficult-financial-times.shtml?mobile-opt-out=true

[4] 128 million Americans now on government assistance: the takers nearly outnumber the producers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/128-million-americans-now-on-government-assistance-the-takers-nearly-outnumber-the-producers.html

[5] 50% Of Americans One Paycheck Away From Needing Government Assistance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/50-of-americans-one-paycheck-away-from-needing-government-assistance.html

[6] Half of U.S. Households Receive Government Aid … But One-Third of Americans Are Still One Paycheck Away from Homelessness: http://www.prisonplanet.com/half-of-u-s-households-receive-government-aid-%e2%80%a6-but-one-third-of-americans-are-still-one-paycheck-away-from-homelessness.html

[7] Feds Target Americans As Terrorists In Effort To Break Back Of Big Government Resistance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/feds-target-americans-as-terrorists-in-effort-to-break-back-of-big-government-resistance.html

[8] U.S. training Syrian rebels; White House ‘stepped up assistance’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-training-syrian-rebels-white-house-stepped-up-assistance.html

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