NC shutting down Work First
(WRAL News) More needy families in North Carolina will begin feeling the pinch of the shutdown Monday, as the state suspends its Work First program, a federally funded program also known as Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). The short-term assistance program is designed to help families stay off welfare by supplying limited cash benefits, child care, food stamps and Medicaid for up to three months. In September, the cash assistance payments for Work First totaled almost $4.8 million. More than 20,700 people were served by the program statewide last month, including 13,761 children. North Carolina is the only state in the country shuttering its program.
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