Sunday, January 27, 2008

Public Assistance in Westbrook: December 2007, Part Two

According to a Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report, Westbrook had 1,256 cases of Food Stamps (FS) in December 2007. The total cost for these benefits was $236,443. In October 2007, there were 1,240 cases and the total cost was $237,456.

In December 2006, there were 1,110 cases of FS (described by the DHHS as a program which provides food stamps to help low-income families buy food for good health) in Westbrook, and the program cost $205,629. And in December 2005, Westbrook had 1,162 FS cases, and the cost for the program was $204,543.

For context, South Portland (estimated 2006 population: 23,784) had 1,084 cases of FS in December 2007, and the cost of the program was $197,385. Windham (estimated 2006 population: 16,546) had 630 cases, and the cost was $117,685. Westbrook's estimated 2006 population was 16,201.

For a list of monthly DHHS Geographic and Distbribution of Programs and Benefits reports dating back to January 2005, click here.

- John C.L. Morgan

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