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.