Government and legal information available at WIU on related topics:

Social Security | Discrimination | Welfare | Homelessness | Volunteerism | Animal Welfare | Poverty

Social Security

Social Security Online
The official website of the Social Security Administration provides forms and information on retirement, survivor's and disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, etc. The website may be searched for more specific topics.
Social Security Handbook
This readable reference source delineates rights and responsibilities under social security laws and provides summary information about social security programs. Also available on CD-ROM [SSA 1.8/4:2000/b] and in paper [SSA 1.8/3:997].
Social Security Bulletin
Social security issues are covered comprehensively by this quarterly research journal. It includes statistics. Also available in paper [SSA 1.22:].


U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Learn all about the Commission on Civil Rights, and find out how to file a complaint relating to discrimination or a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, etc.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Access federal laws and regulations regarding discrimination in employment, find out how to file a complaint, or view statistics on EEOC enforcement or job patterns of minorities and women in private industry.
Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination: Questions and Answers
Lots of good information concerning the federal laws that protect workers from harassment and discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, and so on.
Open to All - Title IX at 30
This page from the Dept. of Education discusses Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and describes the situation 30 years after enactment.


Green Book 2004
Overview of entitlement programs with descriptions and historical data on major social programs such as welfare. Also available in paper [Y4.W36:10-4/2004].
Office of Family Assistance
Part of the Health and Human Services Department, the OFA oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program created by the welfare reform law of 1996. This site provides links to TANF laws, regulations, state plans, questions and answers.
Welfare Reform: Information and Links by Topic
Links to welfare reform information specific to immigration, Medicaid, social security, housing, food stamps, welfare-to-work.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Information from the Illinois Department of Human Services about TANF: requirements, limitations, statistics, specific TANF initiatives, and application forms.
Center's for Medicare and Medicaid Services
This site describes the programs it administers: Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Also provides laws, regulations, and statistics.


Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve
Findings of the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients, designed to provide updated information about the providers of homeless assistance and the characteristics of homeless persons. Also available in paper [HH1.2:H75/54/Report]
On this Department of Health and Human Services website, find information about homelessness in America as well as HHS assistance programs, research, law, and publications.
This link from the Department of Housing and Urban Development website provides resource links to housing, food, jobs, social security, health care, and veterans information "if you are homeless," or want to learn more or to help.
HUD's Homeless Assistance Web Page
Includes information and application forms for HUD programs such as supportive housing, shelter plus care, single room occupancy, and emergency shelter grants.
Homeless Assistance Providers
The Department of Housing and Urban Development offers this list of websites for those interested in helping the homeless. Includes links to HUD initiatives, resources, news, and general information.


Volunteering in the United States
Who's volunteering? Take a look at this statistical analysis of volunteering from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Corporation for National Service describes what AmeriCorps is and does and how to become involved.
Peace Corps
Learn about Peace Corps activities and adventures and how to volunteer.
Senior Corps
Find out how you can make a difference by serving in the Foster Grandparent, Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP), or Senior Companion programs.

Animal Welfare

Animal Health and Welfare
Here find the Illinois Department of Agriculture programs, laws, and services designed to prevent and eradicate diseases in and abuse of animals in Illinois.
Animal Welfare Information Center
Provides U.S. Department of Agriculture information for improved animal care and use in research, teaching, and testing. Includes links to relevant federal laws and regulations.
National Institutes of Health guidelines on animal use from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.


Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement
Annual poverty guidelines for 1996 through 2002 including their development and history. Also provides discussion of research and measurement issues of poverty.
Poverty data from the 1990 Decennial Census, the Current Population Survey, and detailed historical poverty tables (1959-2001). Includes Census Bureau definitions, thresholds, and guidelines.
NIDA Notes (1995 to present)
NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts (1992 to present)
NLM Newsline (1994 to present)