Jul 5, 2013

How many people are on welfare?

How do I find out how many people in the city of Sandusky are on welfare? Is a list of these folks available? How much of our taxes cover this as citizens? John on Wayne St.

A June 21 Register story indicated about $9 million has been spent on welfare from 2008 through 2012. The figures came from Erie County Job and Family Services.

Erie County Job and Family Services is mostly funded through state tax money but also receives local taxes for operations as well.

About 250 Erie County residents receive welfare. Department workers are prohibited from indicating exactly who receives welfare or what communities — Erie County's cities, townships and villages — these funds go to.

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Comments

The Big Dog's back

Ahhhh, those are teabaggers.

deertracker

Teabaggers that have truly lost their way! Sad!

KURTje

A.J. Oliver many don't like facts. Thank you for stating them. ewg.org also

Unassumer

It would be against privacy laws to tell you who is on welfare and our taxes are not paying for it completely I'm sure. Also, people that fraud the system are few and do get caught. They have safeguards and checks in place. Most that get a check have children. Others qualify for food stamps only and I believe they are expected to work somewhere 20 hours a week as assigned by odjfs. People on unemployment which is not welfare have to show that they've applied two places per week and have to include name and address and position applied for. There are no free rides anymore so not to worry.

MAbornandraised

Currently most of the counties in this area have suspended work hours for food stamps. The workers must still put in a referral but because of the amount of people on food stamps, they've suspended work activity for that program. The only program that participates in work activity currently is TANF.

grandmasgirl

I don't think anyone cares if the people on welfare are deserving and really in need. It's the ones who make it a lifestyle and expect someone else to pay their way in life. The same goes with SSD. I know people who can go out and party all night, but God forbid we ask them to work. A lot use some form of mental illness as an excuse. Sorry people, but there are medications to help you get better if you want to. I am willing to help anyone who is willing to help themselves.

The Big Dog's back

If it's so easy and so good, why aren't you on it?

grandmasgirl

Do you have ANY friends? I imagine not since you are so perfect. I can take your snide remarks, but I have a right to my opinion AND I DON'T HAVE TO WORK THE SYSTEM to survive. I have worked and saved all my life. Unlike some people.

The Big Dog's back

Name these people then.

KnuckleDragger

You are one of them BD.

happyfeet64

For your information grandmasgirl, some of the medications are toxic to some people and as a result can't be taken. Also, some forms of mental illness cannot be cured with a magic pill and insinuating that mentally ill individuals want to live with whatever form of mental illness they have been diagnosed with and don't want to get better is definitely one of the most uninformed statements I've ever heard. You have obviously never been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or had a family member diagnosed. I'm bipolar type 1 and can not(not will not)take ANY of the medications that can treat my condition. I am Hep C positive,which means my liver is slowly but surely advancing to cirrhosis, which in turn has caused me to develop diabetes, which initially was Type 2 but is advancing to Type 1. The worse my liver gets, the worse my pancreas gets. Not to mention some of the horrible side effects a majority of the medications cause.You need to contact an organization called NAMI and check your facts before you make comments such as what you posted. I took offense at what you said because I actually qualify for disability because I'm so sick. I don't know from day to day if I'm going to start the beginning stages of liver failure because of the meds the doctors shoveled down my throat, for the diabetes and for the bipolar.

grandmasgirl

Sorry, happyfeet, but you are wrong. I did have some issues. Took me over a year to get myself under control. But I did it. And I know for a fact that mental illness is one of the easiest aliments to fake.

deertracker

Were you faking it? How can one be sure of what is in another's mind?

The Big Dog's back

Good question deertracker. Typical teabagger she is, I'm sick you're not.

happyfeet64

Issues,is how you referenced your problems? Sweetie, what myself and millions of other Americans who are mentally ill go through on a daily basis can not be described in such ambiguous terms. I sincerely doubt your diagnosis was one of a major mental disorder if you were able to control it within a year,my disease has been a lifelong struggle. But, you skirted the primary reason I posted, which was not everyone has a will as strong as yours(sic) and can deal with their illness as well as you and as quickly as you. As for faking it,well let me respond to that. I've personally experienced various psychiatrists,psychologists and therapists who have tried to convince me to file for disability and I've refused. Now, I've also witnessed youngsters(17-24 or so) that have been diagnosed with a major disorder who were told by these same medical personnel that they should file also because once they were diagnosed,they qualified.Don't blame the ones who are being mislead by others and assume they are scamming the system,when in fact they are the ones who are being told they are disabled and will never be able to work.My observations generally have agreed with whatever diagnosis was made but I couldn't agree with the assumption some of these kids couldn't work,if vocational rehab. as well other options, were incorporated into their treatment plan. But, again, the majority have no idea what their disease is,how they can deal with it on a daily basis and what to do to make their lives better. And that is not their fault.

Informed

Grandmasgirl, you need some education regarding mental illness. Some mentally ill people can never successfully be treated for a long period of time. They have been on numerous medications without much success. Don't believe me--go hang out at the local community mental health agencies. You'll see many of them. Medications are not a cure, and they don't help everyone. Oh, but because you experienced something means that everyone else should, too.

underthebridge

I wonder if this accounts for the residents of Erie County who are elderly and receiving assistance for their care in nursing homes.

deertracker

The nursing home receives that money AND ANY AND ALL THE RESIDENT HAS OR HAD!

Contango

Re: "The nursing home receives...ANY AND ALL THE RESIDENT HAS OR HAD!"

WRONG.

BTW: OH has filial laws.

http://www.lawserver.com/law/sta...

deertracker

If it is written it must be true! Try it if you don't believe me!

Rich Close

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The Big Dog's back

pooh?

Clydegal

Wow! Only 250 that's Great!! When you say Welfare what exactly do you mean? Foodstamps, Medicaid, Cash Assistance etc.? Wic is not welfare not even in the same category, Hud or Metropolitian is not welfare either it's a different program. When asking a question be more detail oriented. Ok Sandusky Register what exactly did you ask and come up with a 250 figure? Is that 250 households? I find that number a very low number. Please update with the figures for each category if possible.

KnuckleDragger

It is amazing the number of people who took the SR answer of 250 people on welfare and ran with it. What they didn't give you were the details, so here they are. The 250 number that the county gave out was the number of people receiving the full cash assistance amount. That number didn't include partial cash assistance, nor did it include food stamps. Without including those numbers, Erie county got by on a technicality. If you include those numbers, just under 20% of county residents receive some form of welfare. About 45% of the City residents receive some form of welfare. 80% of the kids in Sandusky Public Schools receive free or reduced lunches. These percentages come from ECJFS statistics. One thing is for sure, it was like pulling teeth to get the information out of them.

deertracker

I remember when my mother in law became eligible for food stamps! A whopping 16 dollars per month! May she R.I.P.! What other districts give out free and reduced lunches? Any stats? How many residents in Huron County get help? People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

R U Kidding me

well from the sounds of if a lot of them that are on it have computers and write on here. Anyway I have read all about republicans and dems. and If you say you are either one I say you a id@@t. why don't you stand up and say I will not persue either one and become American.we need to take this country back

R U Kidding me

well from the sounds of it alot of them that are on it have computers and write on here. Anyway I have read all about republicans and dems. and If you say you are either one I say you are a id@@t. why don't you stand up and say I will not persue either one and become American.we need to take this country back

The Big Dog's back

Take our country back from who? Please elaborate.

Contango

Re: "Take our country back from who?"

It's: WHOM. DERPY the illiterate. :)

The Big Dog's back

If you are unsure which to use, use who. Firstly, it is much more common than whom. Secondly, the use of whom is considered by many to be on its last legs in English.

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