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The Language of Aid

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Data comes from LA County’s Open Data Project:

Some people claim immigrants are coming over, taking our jobs, and using all our services.

Let us yield the power of open data.


So, English is the most commonly used language when accessing county services. This suggests that…citizens are the largest group using county services. I mean, look how many services are accessed in just English!


“But, Atomic, how do you know if they’re not still immigrants. HOW LEGAL ARE THEY?”

I’m glad you asked that, because LA County keeps track of that data as well! Wow, undocumented immigrants make up less than 10% of overall aid users. And most of that comes from needing medical assistance. Meaning that undocumented immigrants don’t really use County services until they’re … dying. Ok, I don’t know if they’re dying, but they’re at least in bad enough shape to need to seek out assistance.




For more info on county programs…

Overview of County Aid (from their respective websites):

CalFresh The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.
CalWORKs Parents and Children CalWORKs is a welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.
CAPI CAPI is a 100 percent state-funded program designed to provide monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled non-citizens who are ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to their immigrant status.
General Relief General Relief (GR) is a County-funded program that provides financial assistance to indigent adults who are ineligible for federal or State programs. An average GR case consists of one person, living alone, with no income or resources.
IHSS The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind.  Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS.  IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.
Medical Assistance Only We provide world-class care in your community with compassion and respect. The Department of Health Services (DHS) is an integrated system of providers, clinics, and hospitals, so you get the right care at the right place at the right time. Explore our system and let us be your partner in good health.
Refugee Needy refugees and other eligible populations may qualify to receive benefits and services from a number of federal and state social service programs depending on their length of residency in the United States (U.S.) and other eligibility criteria.

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