North Carolina Will Require Work-For-Welfare Starting In July

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 reformed welfare so that adults could be required to work in order to receive their benefits. North Carolina made some exceptions when the recession hit, but according to a new vote in the senate, the period of relaxed requirements will be coming to an end.

Gov. Pat McCrory is reinstating the requirements that will make food stamp qualification more difficult for some 1,800 adults in North Carolina. According to the laws, adults between 18 and 49 who are able-bodied and without dependent children will have three months to find a job.

If recipients are unemployed, or working fewer than 20 hours per week, they could lose their benefits entirely. They can re-apply when they demonstrate that they've maintained work that qualifies for more than 30 days.

"If jobs are available, we want to encourage work," said Sherry Bradsher, deputy secretary for North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services. "People are healthier and feel better about themselves and have a greater amount of dignity when they are working."

Numbers put out by the Obama administration continue to show that the national economy is improving. Because of this, North Carolina officials see no reason to continue to relax the policy.

Source: Citizen Times
Photo: Province Town Public Library

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