Before he Passed Away, my Father got a call from a Social Worker that deals with Residents in the Retirement Community he lived in.
Based on my Father’s SS Income, the guy told him he qualified for Food Stamps. He got him signed up the Program.
I just happened to see the Paperwork sitting on the counter and I asked my Father about it. He didn’t even realize that he was “qualified” to receive $15 a Month in Benefits. Yes, a whopping $15.
Trying to get him off the ridiculous Program took Months. The costs of the time and effort expended by the Public Servants there must have cost thousands of Dollars.
When I thought it was finally resolved, my Father gets another Letter asking him why he hasn’t used the Benefit which rolls over from Month to Month if not used.
By the time my Father Passed Away I’m still not sure if he was still in the System or not.
It was akin to trying to get out of a Timeshare Agreement or getting a dead Democrat off the Voting Rolls.
So now, I really think they do get some powerful incentives to keep people on the program. You've got to wonder how many people weren't as honest as us and just kept collecting rather than going to the trouble to withdraw.
P.S. I got out of a timeshare agreement too! The pitch was basically "I own a home, we have no need to borrow money. You can't do much to our credit rating even if you do foreclose. So, do you want to be an @$$hole and pay $200 or more to put in for a foreclosure? Or, do you want to accept our offer to deed it back to you?"