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Work First - Benefit Diversion

Welfare cash assistance programs have traditionally treated all families alike. As a result, they have not always responded to the individual needs and circumstances of some families. The Work First Program recognizes that family situations vary and that the approach to meeting their needs should be different. One alternate approach to the Work First Program is Benefit Diversion. While Benefit Diversion may seem as though it is a separate program it is not. The application process is the same as that of the Work First Program. Benefit Diversion is a program within the Work First Program.

Benefit Diversion is an alternative to traditional cash assistance for families and is designed to help families with a temporary crisis associated with employment. The situation must:

Benefit Diversion is an optional package of services within the Work First Program that includes:

Benefit Diversion provides an opportunity for families to receive immediate help and preserve their independence from welfare. The following families may be likely candidates for Benefit Diversion:

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