Social Issues

Government and legal information available at WIU on related topics:

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

Social Security

Social Security
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.
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.


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
"The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government."
Green Book
Overview of entitlement programs with descriptions and historical data on major social programs such as welfare.
Federal Funds to State Agencies
This document details federal funding for federal programs administered by Illinois agencies.
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.
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.


Opening Doors
This program administered by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has the lofty goal of preventing and ending homelessness.
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.
Homelessness Assistance
This link from the Department of Housing and Urban Development website provides resource links to housing, food, jobs, social security, health care, and information for veterans.


Volunteering in the United States
Who's volunteering? Take a look at this statistical analysis of volunteering from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Peace Corps
Learn about Peace Corps activities and adventures and how to volunteer.
Corporation for National and Community Service
This site links to domestic volunteer programs like AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps, and describes programs and initiatives.

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
This page links to guidelines and federally funded research on poverty.
Poverty data from the U.S. Census, the Current Population Survey, and detailed historical poverty tables.. Includes Census Bureau definitions, thresholds, and guidelines.