Common items on an application for welfare benefits include information about the applicant's household, employment, financial assets, and expenses such as rent and medical bills. The application also asks about U.S. citizenship, veteran status, whether anyone has been convicted of a crime and whether anyone in the household is disabled.
The application asks for the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of all household members, and their relationship to the applicant. The household's address, telephone number and length of residence at the address are standard items on the application. Employment questions include the name and address of the employer, length of employment, job title and earnings information. There is a section for reporting other sources of income, such as unemployment, Social security, child support and investment income.
Financial assets include bank accounts, houses, vehicles, retirement funds, life insurance, stocks and bonds. Regular monthly expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, child support, childcare and health insurance are on the application to help in determining resource limits and in calculating food stamp benefits. Medical expenses are on applications for medical assistance. The applicant's rights and responsibilities may appear on the application or may be separate documents.