Not with all of the conditions you want to put on getting it.
You would be required to do things you are not willing to do (Like paricipate in a work program, in addition to your colllege and yoga).
You mention no children, so even that is probably not an option, since you would not be elilgible for TANF - cash for families.
Some states have General Assistance, but your income from yoga is more than they would give you - excess income for that program.
Sounds like you are working about 10 or 15 hours a week, you would not be eligible for food stamps.
As far as playing the wefare game,. you made all the wrong decisions.
You score ZERO. Better luck next time.
So close, but so far.....no welfare for you.444
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"Why then would an active, healthy, intelligent person who is working toward making the world a bwtter place not be eligible for assistannce in her noble pursuits while overweight, slovenly, devourers of Little Debbie Snacks, Twinkies, and soda are receiving benefits. Does this seem rational to anyone?"
Well, since you have children, you COULD be eligible for TANF, but you would have to be in a work program. The taxpayers would expect you to WORK.
As I said in my opening post, apparently you find this disagreeable.
You want the taxpayers to hand a check over to you each month, to assistance you in your 'noble pursuits'.
You tell us your eyes are open, and you are free to create your own life . . . . . .but you need the taxpayers to hand you money every month to do it.
You want to go your own way, enjoy life, if if the taxpayers just give you a hand out, you can do it.
Speaking for my self, I could enjoy life a little more if I didn't have to hand over $2000 a year of my hard earned money at a crappy job that sucks the life out of me to someone like you.
I'm sorry that is beyond your understanding.
Other people don't desreve free money, but you do.
I see that every day.
How much does it cost each person, each year, to pay for welfare?
$1740.98 per year, for every man,woman, child in the United States.
Since about 25?re on the receiving end, it is actually higher, for those paying.
[Keep in mind of those paying no IRS tax, "18,000 were households taking in more than $500,000 -- and of those, 4,000 made more than $1 million".] http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/09/pf/taxes/millionaires_income_tax/index.htm
Consider first the total spent (not counting Social Security or Medicare):
SSI – Supplemental security Income – not social security -for people who didn't work –
$50 Billion a year.
(see page 62 of the report) http://www.ssa.gov/oact/ssir/SSI11/ssi2011.pdf
Medicaid ( not medicare) spending 2010 - $389 Billion: http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=177&cat=4
Food stamps 2011 - $71 Billion: http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=25&cat=1
TANF (cash assistance for families - federal funds) $21 Billion 2009 http://archive.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/data/2009/table_a1_2009.html
(So I'm at $531 Billion a year (plus HUD, Energy, More).
Figures for 2012 will be higher.
Based on a population of 305 million, paying $531 Billion, is $1740.98 per person.