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'Work First' cash assistance process to change next month

Posted September 29, 2009 12:30 a.m. EDT

— 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.