76 percent of people who qualify for housing aid don’t get it
Many federal programs in the US are structured as entitlements. For example, if you’ve worked enough months and paid payroll taxes, you’re entitled to Social Security payments and Medicare coverage. If you meet federal eligibility requirements for food stamps (which states are allowed to tweak a bit), you’re entitled to payments. But more often than you’d expect, benefits are allocated by dumb luck. And not just “this system is so complicated it’s basically a crapshoot” dumb luck; “literally determined by a random lottery” dumb luck….Read More
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