MCC Supports Welfare Reform

The MCC went on record this week in support of reforming Missouri’s current welfare program, temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). Too often recipients never meet with a caseworker and no plan is developed to help the person move out of poverty. As perfected by the Missouri Senate, SB 24, sponsored by Senator David Sater (R-Cassville), would require the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide an orientation to applicants who are subject to the work requirements of the program. Recipients are then asked to sign a “self-responsibility pact” before becoming eligible for TANF benefits. Senate Bill 24 needs final approval by the Senate before it can be considered by the House of Representatives.

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