More Families Apply For Public Assistance In Northern Virginia | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

More Families Apply For Public Assistance In Northern Virginia

Play associated audio

By Elliott Francis

There's been a significant rise in the number of families applying for public assistance in Northern Virginia. Fairfax County records show a spike in the number of applications for food stamps and other public service programs designed to help those in need.

County officials report food stamp applications nearly doubled from September 2007 to September 2009, increasing from 845 to nearly 16-hundred.

Meanwhile, applications and caseloads for Medicaid were about 33 percent higher in September than in the same month back in 2007. Applications for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal program which offers short-term cash payments to low-income parents, saw a 44 percent increase.

Local leaders say numbers are up as residents of a county some regard as otherwise affluent, struggle with the nation's housing crisis and recession.

NPR

When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.
NPR

Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?
NPR

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.
NPR

New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.