BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Louisiana is doubling the cash payments available to poor families through its social assistance programs next year, the first increase in more than two decades, according to the Department of Social Services of the ‘State.
Advantages will be boosted to the national average for those receiving cash assistance through the Federal Temporary Assistance for Family Independence Program and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services said the new payment amounts – intended to help families with food, shelter and clothing – would begin in January.
“We know there are many more families who could benefit from the programs, not only for the much-needed cash assistance, but also for the valuable workforce development and education opportunities that these programs. We hope that this increase in the amount of benefits will attract more people, ”said agency secretary Marketa Garner Walters in a statement.
The latest data provided by the ministry shows that 1,484 households are receiving cash assistance through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program and 1,338 households are receiving subsidies for kinship care. These are available to relatives who care for children whose parents do not live with them.