I do believe it is. Different programs, different states, different people, different workers too. I once had to leave my home. My plan was to go to a shelter, get a job, save money, look for an apartment and move in my own quiet place.
Mind, I am educated, well mannered, easy on the eye, hard working, trained in different fields and speak many languages.
The first days in the place were OK, then, I started being left out of meetings, job search, apartment search, even for individual meetings.
I started asking questions. The "case workers" didn't appreciate.
I ended up realizing they needed me to stay longer, so, they dragged me on every issue ($3,000 a month for 2 rooms!), they made me feel bad so I wouldn't demand too much during meetings, they made fake promises, they even stole items from my rooms, depressed and just stay there. The average stay was 2 years in this place and they didn't understand why I wanted to leave so fast.
I understand a lot of people need time to adjust to being independent, organize themselves, save enough money, etc... I needed to see a therapist to release a lot of pain and anxiety and have my own. That didn't fit their plan, they tried to hold me back, they locked my food stamp...until now, years later, I live without any help from the government.They MESSED MY CASE because I would stay in a shelter and get everything from the government!
I realized they wanted to become necessary to me and my kids, we would be slaves of the system, subject to mediocrity.
Welfare can help on a short term to rehabilitate, change, move on, beyond it becomes addiction.
I have people I love handicapped by this system, I have tried so many things and times to help toward independence. I am still working on it. Though, those minimum wages often don't match, having a schedule, professional interaction, managing your money is important. The issue of disregard of the value of work as something that makes you able, strong, efficient, valuable...for yourself first.
I apologize to anybody who feels offended but this is a cancer that kills the world, reducing able bodied humans to slavery and leaving them so idle that they fall into crime, addictions, irresponsible births, etc...