TANF, other social services operational during shutdown, state says

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In addition to 800,000 federal employees being furloughed or working without a paycheck — 3,450 in Nevada — shutdowns tend to hurt lower-income people the most. States can’t receive allocations to fund services like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

However, Nevada is using reserved funding to keep certain services operational.

“While we will not be able to draw down any additional funding during the shutdown, we have received formal approval to utilize our reserves to continue funding TANF,” said Julie Balderson with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. “The (Division of Welfare and Supportive Services) consistently maintains 90 days of reserves in our TANF budget, thus we anticipate no impact to our clients during this shut down.”

Similarly, Head Start programs and the child care subsidy programs also aren’t being affected.

Though funding for services like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants and Children is handled differently, Balderson says those programs aren’t hurt at the moment.

According to the Federal Funds Information for States Brief: “The USDA and OMB have jointly determined that there is Congressional intent that core programs of the nutrition safety net, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Child Nutrition programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) shall continue operations during a lapse in appropriations.”

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.


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