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( FIRST DISCUSSION RESPONSE WITH ONE RESOURSE)
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In-kind benefits include material goods and commodities, including tangible benefits such as food, shelter, and clothing (Chambers & Bonk, 2013). Other kind of benefits could include cash, expert services, positive discrimination, credits/vouchers, subsidies, government guarantees, protective regulation, or power over decisions (Chambers & Bonk, 2013). As a social worker, you may need to advocate for other forms of assistance other than in-kind benefits based on the individual situation and examining what would make the most sense and be the best option for your clients. Sometimes the types of benefits that are familiar in social problems can be used singularly or in combination together (Chambers & Bonk, 2013). The merit of the benefit form ultimately depends on the logic of its connection with the social problem and the policy goal (Chambers & Bonk, 2013).
For the discussion in Unit 1 I chose the group of people that are hungry and have food insecurity. When considering this population of people there have already been some benefits and services put in place to assist and support. I would continue to advocate for subsidies such as free school breakfast and lunch programs, so the funds would be paid directly to school districts to allow this. Also, the WIC program is funded through subsidies to and then vouchers or credits are given to the women and children that qualify. SNAP is another widely known and utilized program that is paid for by the government, but then the client obtains tangible items of food. I would advocate for food pantries to increase their availability and consider their rules, specifically on how much food is given and then how many times a month people can utilize. In my area, I have helped people utilize food pantries, but they all consistently have the rule of 1 time a month, and only give food for 3-5 days. This isn’t enough in my opinion. I would advocate for credits with local farmers markets during the summer months, funded by subsidies paid to the local DSS and distributed to those in need.
Chambers, D. E., & Bonk, J. F. (2013). Social policy and social programs: A method for the practical public policy analyst (6th ed.). Pearson.
( SECOND DISCUSSION RESPONSE ONE RESOURSE)
When it comes to Overutilization and Underutilization of federally funded programs most of the problems lie in the eligibility rules and/or requirements both can bring about confusion for the recipients involved. The eligibility rules, or requirements are either impossible for the target population to meet, which then results in underutilization, or too early to meet which then has the domino effect of overutilization (Chambers & Bonk, 2014) There are a myriad of housing programs that sound good and look good on paper for individuals to use or take advantage of, but at the end of the day most of those programs are undetutilized due to the eligibility requirements. It is almost like, the requirements are so far fetched that no-one will ever be able to provide what is required to take advantage of such programs. Most of the time the monies set aside for the programs are exhausted by salaries, CEOs, and etc. The community is not being benefited in any way these programs are a total waste.
Chambers, Donald, E. and Jane Frances Bonk. Social Policy and Social Programs. Available from: Capella, (6th Edition). Pearson Education (US), 2014