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Benefit Banks to Open in Arkansas, Gov. Says Come get Unused Funds

Single parents struggling with bountiful bills might considering moving to Arkansas after they hear these numbers. According to an Oct. 9 report by the Arkansas News Bureau, residents pass up on some $280 million in state and federal benefits annually.

That’s why Gov. Mike Beebe announced a plan this month to start a pilot program to help low-income residents receive all the benefits for which they’re entitled.

It’s called the Benefit Bank of Arkansas, and the state’s Transitional Employment Assistance program — under the federal TANF program — is shelling out $1.4 million to make sure no benefit goes unused. Part of that money will be used to train volunteers working in churches, community centers and other public meeting places to register people that qualify for benefits, in an effort to make the process more convenient. The banks will open in seven Arkansas counties, and will stay open longer than normal business hours to accommodate working schedules.

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October 15, 2007 - Posted by | Initiatives, Money Matters | , , ,

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