Government Scenario

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  • This is the Johnson family: (lleft to right) James age 38,  Sarah age 36, Alaya age 7, Toby age 5. A tsunami recently destroyed their home. Sarah used to work for the local grocery store which is now gone and James works for a sports company in the marketing department. The family enjoys seeing movies, eating at their friends restaurant and their kids are enrolled in sports.
  • The government offers programs for people in the Johnson's situation. The Johnson's will be receiving aid from the following government programs: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TSA (Transitional Shelter Assistance), DAER (Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Program).
  •  Steps to Self Sufficiency: Step 1: Move into Sarah's mom's house to save money for new apartment. Step 2: Sarah has taken on a job at the local general store and is working the night shift at another local grocery store to allow the family to make money quicker. Step 3: James is going to ask for a promotion and possibly look for a new job that would allow him to make more money even if he has to work longer hours. Step 4: James and Sarah have decided to pull Alaya and Toby out of sports until they have enough money to sustain themselves.
  • Purpose of these programs: SNAP- SNAP is intended to provide families with financial support for food when they are in need, however, they can only buy healthy food with this support. TSA- TSA provides temporary assistance that helps pay the costs of hotel rooms while you look for permanent housing. DAER- This program provides tax counseling and assistance.
  • How to qualify: In order to qualify for SNAP you must meet the income requirements, be a U.S citizen and meet the residency requirements. Other requirements may vary from state to state. In order to qualify for TSA you must show a continuous need for shelter after the near shelters are closed and are unable to return to their home. To qualify for DAER you must have damaged or lost property in a federally declared disaster area.  
  • Now that the Johnson's have assistance from these government programs, they can buy food, they have a place to stay until they find a place to live, and they are getting help with their taxes which allows them to still have enough money to live off of.
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