AARP Low-Income Assistance Principles

Devote adequate resources—the nation should devote sufficient resources to ensure access and adequate benefit levels for all who qualify for low-income assistance programs.

Promote participation—government has a responsibility to design and implement programs in ways that promote rather than discourage participation by all who are eligible, including legal non-citizen residents.

Respect applicants and recipients—service providers should treat people seeking assistance fairly, justly, and with respect and dignity.

Support caregivers—programs should be designed and implemented in ways that support people in caring for family members and others.

Take responsibility—it is government’s responsibility to provide low-income assistance; involvement by charitable organizations, while essential, can only augment those efforts.