The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced this week that it’s seeking public input on a proposed Social Services Block Grant Plan.
The goal is to determine how $77 million in federal Social Services Block Grant funds will be spent in fiscal 2022-2023, which runs through June 30 of next year.
The large social services grant is the main source of federal funding for several programs that provide services related to adoption, counseling, adult day care, foster care, protective services for adults, and housing help. Other uses of the funds could include child care for youngsters involved in child welfare cases and community-based services for adults who are elderly or disabled.
In addition, the money may be used for mental health services, transportation and other human services programs.
With a wide variety of options, state social services officials would like to hear the priorities of residents across the state.
NCDHHS will hold the public hearing online and over a conference call on Friday, Aug. 26 at noon. To participate in the online webinar, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7923253838185292814.
After registering, you’ll get a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The email will also contain a conference line if you would prefer to call into the public hearing.
The proposed spending plan for the $77 million is available for review online at www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/public-notices as well as online at department of social services websites in each county.
For those who prefer to offer input via snail mail, comments on the report have to be submitted in writing by Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, by one of the following methods:
Mail: Re: SSBG Plan Comments
Susan G. Osborne
Assistant Secretary for Human Services
2420 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2420
(You can even fax your comments in at (919) 334-1018.)
Give. It. Back.
If you stop throwing money at welfare queens driving Mercedes & BMW’s you’ll see less help wanted signs around town.
Yes, I said it, and I mean it. Thanks to Democrats, many of us are working 60 plus hours a week to support these leaches who have more disposable income than we do. Note to stupid liberal lambs: There is no free money!!! When you’re older, I hope you’ll understand.
I have to agree with you. I was briefly on welfare as a single mom with a dead beet dad, and I do mean briefly. I got lucky and a friend gave me a job and with it I got on the job training. I worked the rest of my life full time and sometimes part time in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll until I retired. I was blessed to say the least. I know not everybody can say that. But there are too many help wanted signs out there these days for someone to say they can’t find a job.
Put a cap on how many children a recipient can have. We have a neighbor who receives social services assistance, doesn’t even try to get a job, and every year has a new baby by a different father. She even laughs about all the free food, section 8 housing she gets and other free items and her housing gets bigger each year as her family gets bigger. Makes me sick. Those poor kids will never have a chance in life. I think social services should only be for the handicapped and homeless.