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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

September 23, 2002


CHARLOTTE, NC - On Oct. 15, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will consider adoption of an updated Work First plan for the County. Written comments from the public about the draft plan will be submitted to the BOCC, also.

North Carolina General Statutes require all counties in the state to develop plans to move welfare recipients into the workforce. Each county is given flexibility to tailor their plans to meet their local needs. Work First is the name of the plan in Mecklenburg County. View the County's current plan at

Through Friday, Oct. 4, Mecklenburg County residents are asked to provide written comments and suggestions on the draft for managing the County's Work First program. The draft was developed by the county's Department of Social Services (DSS) staff, following directions provided by a planning committee comprised of representatives from government, public and private organizations. Current and former recipients of these benefits also provided input. The planning committee met twice in August and September to identify the needs of the people served, analyze the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of current services provided by the County, and develop the draft plan to administer Mecklenburg County's Work first program from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2005.

Mecklenburg County residents and others may review and comment on this draft plan prior to its submission to the County Commission in October. Copies of the plan are available for viewing at the following locations:

· All public libraries in Mecklenburg County

· The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services main office at 301 Billingsley Road in Charlotte

· County Commissioners' and Manager's Office, 600 East Fourth Street in Charlotte

· Here on

Written comments on the draft plan will be accepted through October 4, 2002. Submit by mail or fax to: Diana Tini, Chair of the Work First Planning Committee, Mecklenburg County DSS, 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, or fax to 704-353-1325.

Following approval by the Board of County Commissioners, the plan must be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services by November 1, 2002.

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