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on relief

In receipt of assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (most often government-run) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to go on relief these past six month, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have been on relief for extended periods of time.
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on welfare

In receipt of assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (usually run by the government) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to go on welfare these past six months, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have been on welfare for extended periods of time.
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on welfare

Receiving regular assistance from the government or private agencies because of need.
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