Who Is Eligible for Welfare?

Welfare eligibility is typically determined by income, family size and any crisis situations the family is currently undergoing, including pregnancy, homelessness, medical emergencies and unemployment. The specific state of residence determines eligibility requirements for welfare, and these requirements vary by state.

The type and amount of welfare benefits provided also varies by state. Common types of aid include food stamps, health care, child care assistance and housing assistance. Unemployment and cash aid may also be provided. Compliance with the welfare program requirements is essential. Applicants can apply for welfare benefits through state government offices and must typically provide proof of residency and income.