The caseloads have increased dramatically this year and the Governor says we don't have enough money to cover everyone who needs assistance. So, the Division has come up with ideas to ensure that "benefits go to only those who are genuinely seeking to become self-sufficient." Since our state has pared things to the bone already, what they are left with is kicking kids off the programs.
The proposals include kicking the entire family off of Food Stamps if one person in the family has an outstanding felony warrant (we used to only remove the adult, but continue to give Food Stamps for the children.)
One other proposal is to remove the entire family if the head of household does not comply with work requirements (we used to only remove the adult, but still provide assistance for the children) and the family will not be eligible for assistance for three months - even if the adult does become compliant.
Another one is to give assistance for a determined amount of children only; for example, the state will set household size limit at 3 children and the family would receive TANF and Food Stamps benefits for a household with 3 children, no matter how many children the family may currently have or if another child is born later.
General Public Comments will be heard. Let the State know that you do not agree with their decisions.
Notice Of Public Workshop to Explore Impacts
of the Budget Reductions to
TANF and Food Stamps
DATE: April 17, 2008
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATIONS: Division of Welfare & Supportive Services
Nellis District Office
611 North Nellis
Las Vegas, NV
Posted March 19, 2008