League of Women Voters Mary Warren Impact Scholarship Winner Nawar Yared's Winning Essay

Nawar Yared with Mary Warren at the Lakewood High School Celebration of Voters in May 2022.

"How can our federal, state, and local governments better provide for basic human needs?"

The federal government should establish minimum, consistent criteria and regulations for social welfare programs and should be in charge of funding programs that help people and families satisfy their fundamental requirements. State and local governments, as well as the private sector, should play a supporting role in funding food, housing, and health promotion programs. The federal government should be the primary funder of income support programs, with state governments taking on secondary responsibilities. There is some criteria for income assistance include: all low-income people should be eligible for help depending on their financial need. Eligibility should be determined using simple methods such as a declaration of need, which should be spot-checked in the same way that the legality of income tax returns is reviewed. Benefit levels should be sufficient to ensure that goods, enough food, clothes, and housing are available. Minimum income requirements should be changed to account for regional variances in cost of living and updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in the buying power of the dollar. Some states may need to augment federal contributions until a federal welfare program achieves an acceptable level of benefits. Cash support should be prioritized, but in-kind assistance like food stamps, housing subsidies, and medical assistance should be maintained to ensure that these requirements are addressed. Participants' benefits should not be diminished under a changed scheme. Participants' privacy should be safeguarded. Individuals' rights and dignity should be respected at all times during administrative proceedings. Work should be encouraged: if wages rise, members' overall income should rise as well. The linkages between work programs and income support should include counseling, practical training for genuine jobs, and financial incentives. State and local governments should help by establishing effective agencies to aid, promote, coordinate, and augment federal and private sector housing projects. Housing aid programs must be adequately funded at all levels of government. When families or individuals cannot afford good housing, the government should give financial and/or housing help. State and local governments should adopt and enforce all of the listed above to make sure that we all are doing our best helping.

Nawar plans to attend Miami University (Oxford) in Fall of 2022 to study Undeclared Business, and then narrow her study to something math related such as economics or analytics.

Cindy Strebig

Nawar plans to attend Miami University (Oxford) in Fall of 2022 to study Undeclared Business, and then narrow her study to something math related such as economics or analytics.

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