I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. NE Iowa.
My exhusband is retired and works now getting paid to take Title 19 people
(of which the majority are brain fried ex drug addicts) shopping, to the mall, to the movies, etc etc.
I feel that money would be better used for the people you describe littleraven.
But I feel that people have to move and go to where the economy is better.
That is what I did. If your town is dying, GET OUT. I would never expect anyone to just feed me permenently. State governments or Federal for that matter should not have to take care of people that have harmed THEMSELVES.
They SHOULD help the truly needy that are needy through no fault of their own.
BUT, people need to help themselves also, that is number 1.