WELFARE REFORM

 

$15.0 million was provided to restructure and expand the child care subsidy program at DHS for low-income working families and recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant.

$1.5 million was provided for contracts with the Job Training Partnership Act and the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission to train welfare recipients and place them in jobs.

$1.5 million was provided for DHS to contract with private employment agencies for training and placement services for welfare recipients.

$5.0 million was appropriated to create a pool of funds that DHS social workers can tap to benefit needy families. Funds can be used for a wide range of purchases, such as eyeglasses, dental work, car repairs, work uniforms, tools and other items that help families become self-sufficient.

$7.0 million was provided to fulfill mandates and program options under the DHS Child Support Enforcement Division.

$175,000 was provided to increase SEEDS programs at Community Action Agencies throughout the state. The Self-Employment and Entrepreneurial Development System assists low-income individuals in starting up their own businesses by providing microloans (less than $7,500) and marketing assistance. The 82% funding increase for SEEDS is anticipated to help families make the transition from welfare to work.

 

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