The C.O.U.N.T. program (Conservation Organized Under New Terms) would be developed as a checks and balances system to help conserve financial resources for welfare programs across the 14 Federal agencies involved. This system would allow eligible welfare recipients the opportunity for education, housing assistance and monetary allowance under new terms and agreements.
First, set a reduced welfare budget taking off 3% of its annual allowance for welfare programs. This would reduce millions of dollars each year. Our leaders need to demonstrate strict plan ensuring the reduction is met and we are not creating more debt as a result of developing a new program. We know that we cannot eliminate welfare programs, however we need to set terms that hold recipients accountable.
The top three things that this program can do is set a cap on the amount of time one can receive these benefites, provide education to adults and reform children's educational necessities.
With C.O.U.N.T., those receiving welfare benefits would need re-apply annually with a three year consecutive cap of benefits. During the three year period all physically eligibile recipients would be required to obtain a high school diplomma, GED or receive vocational rehabilitation for critically needed jobs throughout the U.S. At the end of the period these recipients would also be required to obtain employment for a minimum of 20 hours a week or participate in approved volunteer work in the C.O.U.N.T. program for 30 hours a week. Failure to meet these requirements would result in a default of benefits. To ensure children of recipients are receiving their educational necessities, parents would receive a monthly stipend to purchase school supplies. This would be regulated by the government on a special purchase card and would only be able to be used to purchase approved supplies through approved vendors. This program has growth potential to far exceed what is outlined here. This is just the beginning.