September 25, 2006
Charlotte, NC – A draft plan that outlines how Mecklenburg County will help recipients of Work First move from the public assistance aid to self-sufficiency and employment is almost complete. Now the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) is inviting the public to review and provide written comment on the proposed 2007-2008 Work First Plan. The review and comment period is September 27 - October 3, 2006.
The proposed plan for managing Mecklenburg's Work First program was developed by a committee, with members spanning local government and public and private organizations. The group identified needs, barriers and resources in areas such as transportation, child care, affordable housing, basic life skills, education, substance abuse services, and domestic violence.
The plan can be viewed
here. It can also be reviewed on site at the following locations:
Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
- Main library at 310 North Tryon Street and all branches
Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Second floor.
The following Department of Social Services locations:
- DSS main office, 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte
- County and Courts Office Building, 720 East 4th Street, 5th Floor
- Bob Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall, 6th Floor
- Charlotte East, 5800 Executive Center Drive, 4th Floor
- Farm Pond Lane, 5832 Farm Pond Lane, 3rd Floor
Any public comment will be included with the plan when it is presented for approval by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at its October 17 regular meeting. The approved plan must be submitted to the state Division of Social Services by October 31, 2006. North Carolina general statutes require counties to develop economic self-sufficiency plans and provide for flexibility to meet local needs.
Written comments on the proposed plan will be accepted from September 27 - October 3, 2006.
Chair of the Work First Planning Committee
Mecklenburg County DSS
301 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC, 28211