I am a single mother of 2 boys, I receive child support for only one of my children, I work full time for a retail establishment, I carry full coverage insurance on myself and my children, I pay all my living expenses, i pay my car payment, I pay my car insurance and I pay for my groceries. I make less than $25,000 a year.
The parent that does not pay child support receives food and medical benefits through Florida Access, and has an outstanding child support obligation of $15000. Yes, that parent does receive these benefits.
I was denied for food and medical assistance based on my income and household size according to the standard formula used by Florida Department of Children and Families.
According to a quote obtained from : http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash
"The ACCESS Florida Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by providing food, cash and medical assistance to individuals and families on the road to economic recovery."
The standards in place now ARE NOT promoting strong and economical self-sufficiency, the standards are lowering the bar, forcing families to stop trying to receive assistance. The less you try the more they will help? This is a broken system.
We are families that are working full time to provide for a means of financial survival to our families with no help from state funded programs because we exceed the income limit based on household size and gross income. This is an unfair expectation. Many of us pay high taxes; have high medical coverage through our employer and the standard household expenses. Limits need to be put into place for those who have child support obligations that are unpaid, limits need to be put in place to justify a time frame for benefits to those that choose not to work, limits need to be raised for families that need help. The gross income limit needs to be raised. There should be accountability for those receiving benefits of excessive amounts. Our state support system is clearly broke. So let’s speak out, raise a community based awareness and support each other to make a change! This will create strong and economical self-sufficiency!