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'Work First' cash assistance process to change next month

Posted September 29, 2009

— North Carolina counties are implementing payment process changes to Work First, a federal program that provides temporary assistance funding to at-need families through state agencies.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, family assistance checks for more than 950 Wake County families will not be mailed until participants verify that they have satisfied program requirements.

The change affects only those families who have a work-eligible adult included in the payment.

“We understand that this may be a difficult transition for some of our clients and impact their ability to pay bills in October,” Wake County Work First Program Manager Barbara Harris said in a statement. “We want to make sure that everyone – participants, landlords and others in the community – are aware of this change.”

In the past, Work First checks were received on the first day of each month. Under the new policy,  families will receive the check within three days of verification of program requirements.

One-time crisis prevention checks are expected to be mailed to participants by Oct. 14.

Additional information about the changes can be found at the Work First Web site or by calling 919-212-7762.


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  • dare107 Sep 29, 2009

    Typical liberals close the door after all the money is paid out!! why hasn't this been done all along! Just another freebe program!!

  • Dragons_lady Sep 29, 2009

    um...I thought that is how the program was suppose to work in the first place???????? No wonder people make a "living" working the system.>>>>>>Gotta love our wonderful government...

  • whatelseisnew Sep 29, 2009

    How does Obama tie into this? the article talks about the counties doing the crackdown. The funds are indicated is coming from the Feds, but the counties are doing the implementation.

  • taurismo Sep 29, 2009

    Totally agree with ECU4lyf!! It's about time the bigwigs are getting smart. They should have had to have shown proof all along, together with the drug testing. The handouts need to stop.

  • ECU4lyf Sep 29, 2009

    make them test for drugs too, i have to take one every now and then to keep my job, they should have to take one to keep benefits from this program

  • bill52674 Sep 29, 2009

    What an amazing concept. Getting paid after you work.

  • Sidekick Sep 29, 2009

    It is enlightening to see that the Obama administration is cracking down on these recipients. Maybe more 'programs' like this will be done away with now. Good going Obama.