NORWICH – The Chenango County Department of Social Services is seeking public feedback on a two-year plan providing for people who receive food stamps and temporary assistance.
Federal law requires the Department of Social Services to put together a bi-annual plan, called the “Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment Plan,” which outlines how the department will make Food Stamp and TA recipients more self-sufficient.
According to Chenango County Deputy Commissioner Daniel Auwarter, the plan is a tool that DSS uses to better monitor programs and initiatives that help eliminate barriers between an individual and self-sufficiency.
“Time truly can be of the essence when it comes to success, which is why districts are tasked with developing local strategies to increase self-sufficiency,” Auwarter said. “Studies have correlated the length of time a person is unemployed and on assistance with steadily increasing difficulty in addressing barriers to success, creating a cycle that is harder and harder to break.”