Will online applications limit access to assistance?An online computer application is replacing long waits in lines and piles of paperwork for those applying for cash assistance, food stamps and Medicaid in Florida.
But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.
“If these people had the luxuries of vehicles, computers and all this kind of stuff, they wouldn’t need welfare,” said Rep. Will Kenrick, D-Carrabelle, a member of the House Committee on the Future of Florida’s Families. “This just floors me. The whole system is more about streamlining than access. The harder you make it for access, the less who will apply ... They’re trying to streamline it on the backs of the most vulnerable.”
Paper applications are still available. But many of the state workers once assigned to help people through the hoops of getting welfare are gone.
To apply by computer: Click here and complete the online application. If you have questions or need more information, call toll-free 866-762-2237.