We went from $80,000 to $25,000 a year to welfare. I lost my job and have been unable to find one in six years in an economically depressed area. We have custody of my stepdaughter. We get no child support because the system is built so that mothers on SSI do not have to pay child support. So despite trying and trying to get child support we finally gave up. My husband was extremely frustrated with that. Then he lost his job because he is going blind at the age of 44. Now we are battling Social Security because despite being totally blind in one eye and rapidly losing sight in the other eye, social security has determined that he can work. Good Lord, he can't even drive. So we have descended into the nightmare of welfare. And not because we wanted to, but it is a trap. My stepdaughter is also on SSI because of physical problems that she has. We have food stamps and health care provided by the state. That healthcare provided a cornea transplant for my husband last December. He will be scheduled for another one at the end of this year in the other eye on which we must depend on the state to provide financial assistance. So if I go to work (the mom) and earn money, the stepdaughter's SSI is decreased based on the amount I earn, and our food stamps and healthcare are either reduced or eliminated. So we are stuck in this awful trap. It's not pretty and trust me, we don't get $5k a month. With all of our resources (excluding healthcare and foodstamps) we have $236 a month to pay for utlilities, gas, toilet paper, etc. When the toilet paper runs out, oh well...... We hate it.