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State plan for Federal welfare funds available for comment

Release Date: March 16, 2009
Contact: Lori Walston, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – Pursuant to the requirements of federal law, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will conduct a public comment period on the proposed North Carolina State Temporary Assistance for Families (TANF) Plan.

The NC Division of Social Services' state plan for federal welfare funds is on the web and available for review.  The plan outlines how North Carolina will use the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to operate the Work First program for the next two federal fiscal years.

Interested citizens can go to www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/pubnotice/index.htm to review the plan and to comment via email or mail. The plan is also available at all county departments of social services in North Carolina, during normal business hours.

The public comment period began on March 12, 2009.  Written comments must be sent no later than April 27, 2009.  Comments can be emailed to:  Work.First@dhhs.nc.gov.
 
Comments may be mailed to:

Sherry Bradsher, Director
Division of Social Services
2420 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2408
Fax:  919-715-6714

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant funds North Carolina's Work First program. The Work First Program shares in the mission of the Division of Social Services “to provide family-centered services to children and families to achieve well being through ensuring self-sufficiency, support, safety, and permanence.”

The TANF block grant, which will up for reauthorization in Congress in 2010, must be used for families on public assistance and working poor families whose income is less than 200 percent of poverty.  Through Work First, parents can get short-term training and other services to help them become employed and move toward self-sufficiency.  Services include childcare, transportation, housing assistance, teen pregnancy prevention, and services for non-custodial parents.