Government Website Says It Wants More People to Seek Assistance

Monday, 27 Aug 2012 05:32 PM

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The federal government believes not enough people are turning to government assistance for help in the slumping economy so it sent a reminder to Americans on Monday to point out that government services are available, the Washington Examiner reported.

According to a USA.gov post, more Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government.

“Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced on Monday.

The website now has a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs, the Examiner reported.

In a poll cited by the government, 44 percent of Americans said their savings helps them the most during tough times, 21 percent said family, 20 percent said credit cards and loans, and 15 percent said government assistance.

“Government assistance comes in different forms—from unemployment checks and food assistance to credit counseling and medical treatment,” the USA.gov site says.

“Although our campaign to highlight Help for Difficult Financial Times has ended, we know that your struggles may continue,” the website said. “We will keep updating the tools and information we provide to help you get back on your feet.”



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