These state or local General Assistance programs are generally the only cash assistance for which such individuals can qualify.Some of these are uniform statewide programs; others have state guidelines with options for county variability, ranging from minimal cost-of-living adjustments to significant differences in eligibility standards. (See Appendices II and III for greater detail.) In recent decades, a number of states have eliminated their General Assistance programs altogether, while many others have cut GA funding for the programs, restricted eligibility, imposed time limits, and/or cut benefits.The benefits that these programs provide are extremely modest.
Between 19, five additional states terminated their General Assistance programs, and at least ten other states cut their programs back.The District of Columbia reduced funding for its program by two-thirds and plans to limit the size of its caseload accordingly.The Wellness Suite brings together staff from UI Wellness, Student Health & Wellness, and Recreational Services for fitness assessments, nutrition counseling and a variety of other wellness offerings. The CRWC is located on the southwest corner of Burlington and Madison Streets. State General Assistance programs, which provide a safety net of last resort for those who are very poor and do not qualify for other public assistance, have weakened considerably in recent decades and are continuing to do so, despite the large increase in need resulting from the recession.Then in 2011, as states struggled to close large budget shortfalls, ten states considered proposals to further shrink or eliminate General Assistance, and seven states adopted such measures.
Illinois and Kansas eliminated their programs, Minnesota restricted eligibility, Michigan reduced benefit levels for all recipients, Washington restricted eligibility and reduced benefit levels for all recipients who still qualify, and Rhode Island is cutting benefits for some recipients.