Definitions for "Public assistance"
Keywords:  tanf, needy, welfare, afdc, paternity
Money given to a person or family for living expenses from the State/Federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children program(welfare and foster care, AFDC) or Medicaid benefits paid for aperson or family receiving Medicaid.
Commonly referred to as "welfare," public assistance refers principally to Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC or ADC.) Other programs include General Assistance (local titles include Outdoor Relief, Direct Relief, and General Relief) and Emergency Assistance. Food stamps, clothing, free or reduced rent, public housing, or other non-monetary assistance are not included. With the Welfare Reform Act passed in August 1996, these types of programs were reconstituted as "Temporary Assistance to Needy Families" (TANF) and returned to state control, with some federal guidelines.
Refer to PA for definition. See: Program Summary