Ok the road to hell paved with good intentions... However these programs are set up to help the rich and not the poor. They actually hurt the working class.
For one, in a down turn in the economy prices have to fall to stimulate consumption. However, we do not see price falling for food or rent as long as these companies have the government picking up all the slack.
Business has no incentive to lower prices as long as the government ensure they never face a loss...
This hurts us in two ways. We are forced to pay huge taxes for this safety net for businesses, and as we suffer down turns our purchasing power has no more effect then an up swing in the economy.
The result is painful long drawn out stagnation.
We have to allow business to suffer, so they drop prices so we can purchase and keep the economy going.
Now all we have is falling wages, and artistically high prices because of section 8 housing and food stamps. Also you can say school meal programs are also used to keep food prices supper high for no reason.