government aid to poor, disabled, or aged people or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps.
- pub·lic-as·sis·tance, adjective
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How to use public assistance in a sentence
In 1975, the federal child support program was founded with the explicit purpose of getting fathers to repay the government for public assistance that mothers had received.These Single Moms Are Forced to Choose: Reveal Their Sexual Histories or Forfeit Welfare | by Eli Hager, photography by Adria Malcolm, special to ProPublica | September 17, 2021 | ProPublica
Paradoxically, many lack access to sick days, paid leave, and affordable healthcare and cannot afford the very services they provide to others, leaving many to depend on public assistance to meet their own family’s needs.If Employers Are Serious About Meaningful Change, They Must Reorient Jobs to Center Around Workers | Darren Walker | August 12, 2021 | Time
While there, I promoted medical freedom legislation, programs to increase limitations on public assistance programs and school privatization programs.Former lobbyist details how privatizers are trying to end public education | Valerie Strauss | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
At-risk students — defined as students whose families are homeless or recipients of certain public assistance — lost five months of math and four months of reading.D.C. students are falling behind in remote school, with vulnerable students faring worse, data suggests | Perry Stein | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
According to estimates from the Center for American Progress, nearly 50% of day-care centers could be forced to shut down if they don’t receive more public assistance.
I worked in CHA housing projects for five years, processing public assistance applications.
I worked in CHA Housing Projects for five years, processing public assistance applications.Crime and Punishment, Chicago Style: Five Books on Life in Chi-Town | Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Voth asked if the ATF could arrest him for fraudulently accepting public assistance when he was spending such huge sums.
In the first place, he was received very coldly at the Office of public assistance.The Dream | Emile Zola
This vast community of indigence and madness is under the control of the general administration of public assistance.Old and New Paris, v. 2 | Henry Sutherland Edwards
I demand that this petition be referred to the Committee of public assistance to be promptly dealt with.Historic Oddities | Sabine Baring-Gould
Still, the following entries prove that occasionally incipient Cambridge men received public assistance.The Customs of Old England | F. J. Snell
In proportion as we realize the force of this argument, we reverse our view as to the nature of public assistance in such a case.Liberalism | L. T. Hobhouse
British Dictionary definitions for public assistance
US payment given to individuals by government agencies on the basis of need
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