Public assistance – this term details a policy for care by the local government to help these social groups within the society, who are not capable to live normally due to one or another reason. Invalided people, orphans, retired people and mentally abnormal or incapable people are recipients of governmentally initiated programs that are part of the public assistance. These people are named as “public charge”, because these cannot support themselves. For example, the public facilities provide public assistance to people in need. A synonym is “social welfare”.