AARP Low-Income Assistance Principles

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Devote adequate resources—the nation should devote sufficient resources to meeting the needs of low-income individuals.

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.