welfare in state of iowa?

I was curious about how much a month a person can get from welfare in the state of iowa. approximately

4 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    Like any enterprise, the welfare system pays back based on the effort you expend to get the free stuff.

    You said 'a person', that is ONE.


    Food stamps is as simple as signing your name - $200 a month.

    Free phone, same deal.

    Do the paperwork, wait your turn, and get free or cheap housing, help with energy, (heating and cooling), Medicaid.


    Medicaid is available to certain, low income people. You must be one of the following to get Medicaid. These are called eligibility groups.

    A child under age 21;

    A parent living with a child under age 18;

    A woman who is pregnant;

    A woman who needs treatment for breast or cervical cancer and who has been diagnosed through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program;

    A person who is aged (over 65);

    A person who is blind or disabled;

    Certain Medicare beneficiaries; or

    A person who meets Social Security disability requirements and is employed.


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    But there are always other ways to get help with medical expenses.

    If you want to live well, you need some children, yours or a relative's, doesn't matter much.

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    How much does a welfare family of 3 have in income?

    $21,996 per year.

    If she were working she would have to earn at least $30,000 per year - probably more.

    That is $14.40 per hour.

    There are a lot of variables.

    I choose Washington state, (Iowa is not that much different) and have the children both under age five. The woman is paying $250 rent, and I did not count anything for HUD or section 8.

    I assumed that the woman lived with family members and paid them $250 rent and help with the untilities a little - maybe $50 per month.

    If she were getting housing help, it could easily increase another $5000 per year.

    If she were in a work program, she would have day care, and that would increase her welfare benefits.

    To keep it simple, I assumed the woman is claiming a disability and exempted from the work program.

    A family of three, with no income, would receive a monthly TANF grant of $478.


    Based on rent of $250…………….food stamps would be $526.00


    LIHEAP (energy assistance would be $1000 per year, $83.00 per month.


    WIC (children to age 5) Washington average monthly benefit $41.64 x 2 = $83.28


    The average cost of Medicaid for one adult and two children $663.66


    The total of these benefits is $1833 per month.

    Net of $21,996 per year.

    Someone earning $30,000 per year, who nets 74% would have this income.

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    Today’s antipoverty safety net is dramatically different from the one in place two decades ago when welfare reform was enacted. Rather than a safety net primarily dependent on cash assistance programs, as is the common perception, the current system is highly reliant on social service programs funded by government and delivered through community-based nonprofits. Annual public and private expenditures for social service programs today exceed total federal outlays for cash assistance programs like welfare, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).|


    Cash Welfare Caseload. In December 2010, the number of families receiving TANF cash welfare was 1.9 million families, consisting of 4.7 million recipients, of which 3.5 million were children. The cash welfare caseload is very heterogeneous. The type of family historically thought of as the “typical” cash welfare family—one with an unemployed adult recipient—accounted for less than half of all families on the rolls in FY2008. Additionally, 15% of cash welfare families had an employed adult, while almost half of all families had no adult recipient. Child-only families include those with disabled adults receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), adults who are nonparents (e.g., grandparents, aunts, uncles) caring for children, and families consisting of citizen children and ineligible noncitizen parents.


  • 7 years ago

    Like the other person said, income would become a factor. I would think location would play a role too. It costs far less to live in Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport, etc.. then it does to live in Iowa City. If it is just you, it would be a lot harder to get into some type of subsidized housing in Iowa City. It would be much easier if there is less need in the area you live.

    It is possible to get up to $200/ month for food (for single & qualified person)

  • 6 years ago

    It does not come from the state of Iowa. It is taken from the workers in Iowa who pay taxes. The state then gives out welfare dollars to those who claim to need them.

    Be a maker...not a taker!!

  • Ann
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    It depends on your household income.

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