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Newsroom Recovery Act funds put $6 million directly into the hands of Kansas families

Topeka – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is utilizing federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Funds authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help support Kansas families.  

“As many Kansans continue to struggle to make ends meet, I am pleased we can provide this immediate assistance to families while putting additional dollars into the local economy,” said Governor Mark Parkinson. 

The TANF program provides a small monthly stipend, as well as employment preparation services, to low income families.  Eligibility for the program is based upon household size, income and resources.

SRS is using the Emergency Funds to provide an additional benefit to participating families to help compensate for increased household and utility costs which will be incurred during the summer months.  Approximately 15,000 families will receive a one-time payment of $400 beginning the week of June 7, 2010.  Families eligible to receive the payment will receive notification via postal mail.

“As we continue to emerge from this economic recession, we must ensure families in need are not left behind,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.