Black People : North Carolina shut off Welfare and Day Care during the shut down

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  1. Alarm Clock

    Alarm Clock Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The government shutdown cannot end soon enough for poor residents of North Carolina, as the state has become the first in the country to cut off welfare benefits due to the gridlock in Washington.
    The decision came from North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which ordered its local offices on October 10 to stop processing applications for November until the federal government is back up and running.
    The state’s welfare program, called “Work First,” services more than 20,000 people, primarily children, and requires participants to reapply for benefits every month. Work First is funded entirely by the federal government, and helps poor residents purchase food and other supplies necessary for day-to-day life.
    But Work First isn’t the only North Carolina service hampered by the government shutdown. According to Reuters, other programs will also be affected - including one that provides childcare subsidies covering more than 70,000 children. In various parts of the state, the delivery of those subsidies has already come to a halt.
    http://rt.com/usa/north-carolina-cut-wellfare-275/
     
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    "When over the weekend, a Xerox “glitch” shut down the EBT system, better known as foodstamps, for nearly the entire day across 17 states leaving millions without “funding” to pay for food leading to dramatic examples of the basest human behavior possible, some of the more conspiratorial elements saw this merely as a dress rehearsal for what may be coming in the immediate future. While there was no basis to believe that is the case, a USDA (the currently shuttered agency that administers theSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) memo obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center in Utah carries in it a very disturbing warning for the 46+ million Americans currently on foodstamps.
    To wit: “understanding the operational issues and constraints that States face, and in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing States to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to State electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.” In other words, as Fox13News summarizes, “States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice.”"

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    http://www.globalresearch.ca/debt-ceiling-crisis-food-stamp-program-shutdown-imminent/5354449
     
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    I am not too familiar with the political scene is USA but isnt it time for a change in how things are done. The system is archaic and needs revamping, small countries do not have these problems. The USA a large country but it seems that the problems are getting worse and worse how did this country reach this state? Do the politicians realise how all of this is affecting people ESPECIALLY the poor and marginalised. I am just an ignorant person from the Caribbean. This is the 21st century. America has reaaaaaaaaaaaaaal problems.
     
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