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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

Public asked for comment on
Mecklenburg's Work First Plan


North Carolina General Statutes require all North Carolina counties to develop plans to move welfare recipients into the workforce.  Each county is given flexibility to tailor their plans to meet their local needs.  On October 15, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will consider the adoption of its Work First plan, but not before Mecklenburg residents have a chance to comment on the plan. 

Between now and Friday, October 4, Mecklenburg County residents are being asked to provide their 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.  Input was also received from current and former recipients of these benefits.  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 at the following locations:

·        All public libraries in Mecklenburg County

·        Mecklenburg County DSS main office on Billingsley Road

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

·        Via the Internet at here

Written comments on the draft plan will be accepted through October 4, 2002. 

Submit by mail to:

Diana Tini,
Chair of the Work First Planning Committee,
Mecklenburg county DSS,
301 Billingsley road,
Charlotte, NC 28211,

Submit email here

Submit fax to 704-353-1325. 

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



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