Losing one's job is difficult and can be extremely stressful. Prolonged periods without gainful employment carry an even greater weight. For this reason, it is good to know what social service provisions are available and what the eligibility requirements are. Welfare is available for certain folks that are in need, but not everyone will qualify.
Welfare programs are administered by the states, so specifics regarding eligibility may differ from state-to-state. The income threshold is one of the greatest areas of variance. If you are seeking to apply for welfare, check your state's eligibility requirements are.
While requirements vary by state, they typically want top know why you cannot find work, the time period in which you plan to become self-sufficient, regular reporting of all income and a budget for the household that you agree to follow. With a few exceptions, there must be children residing in the household and attending school.
Several programs are available, including temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), food stamps, child care, child support assistance, energy or utility assistance, vocational rehabilitation services and medical assistance. Some programs are more likely to have exceptions to the dependent requirement than others.
Other options are available if you become unemployed and are actively seeking employment. If you worked for a greater portion of your life, than it is likely that you will qualify for unemployment benefits. You may qualify for disability programs if you were injured or are unable to work for physical or mental reasons.