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For Indy welfare benefits are automatic, systematic

Aid for low-income families in Indiana has gone high tech.

Now, residents of 12 north central Indiana can log on or call in to the newly -minted automatic system to see if they qualify for welfare benefits.

At the end of October, Forbes.com reported that the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration rolled out a new automated program to about 10 percent of its caseload of children, senior citizens, and needy and disabled people who receive welfare benefits.

The move is all part of an overhaul in the local system of public aid. On Oct. 3, the FSSA’s Bureau of Child Care announced the TANF transfer of an additional $10 million into the Child Care Development Fund, CCDF.

The transfer is all part of a plan to bump the Hoosier state up in the state poverty rankings nationwide.

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman says, “the extra dollars in the Child Care Development Fund will help serve nearly 2,000 additional children whose parents are transitioning out of the welfare system.”

Yeah, that and the money helps Indiana move from 49th to 30th in Federal Poverty Level served.

And speaking of served, welfare recipients will no longer have to travel to welfare offices for face-to-face meetings, though those meetings are still an option.

The FSSA hopes to eventually spread the 12-county pilot program to all other counties statewide.

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November 4, 2007 - Posted by | Initiatives, News & Numbers | , , ,

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