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Welfare benefits coming to an end

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Nearly 1,300 Michigan families who use cash welfare assistance from the Department of Human Services will have to do without that money starting October 1.  The action approved in Lansing this week applies to Individuals receiving cash assistance for 48-months.  Under current rules those individuals could still receive on-going funds but now they'll be cut off when they reach the 48-month max.

In Muskegon County the decision will affect nearly 600 families.  Cash assistance can be used to pay rent, utilities, and living expenses that food assistance programs don't cover.  Families with small children often use the money to pay for diapers.

Operators at CALL 2-1-1 in Norton Shores are ready for an increase in calls from residents looking for help.  The agency is a resource that can often connect individuals looking for help to agencies in their area that offer it.  Staff at CALL 2-1-1 say those individuals about to loose cash assistance from the state might be disappointed to know there are few options to replace that income.  However, there are many groups that can help keep lights on and pantries stocked.


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