MONTPELIER, Vt. - If the government shutdown continues, Vermont will have to start sending out letters to recipients of several programs that may not receive their money next month.
Commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) David Yacavone says you don't want to be an alarmist, but you also want to give people sufficient time to plan.
Some of the programs, which are funded until November 1, could be affected if Congress doesn't reach a deal:
- Temporary Assistance: 17,000 Vermonters receive assistance at a cost of $2.6 million for November.
- Three Squares: 100,000 Vermonters receive food stamps at a cost of $12 million for the month. The typical family receives $262 a month.
- LIHEAP: The state starts dipping into its $17 million federal allotment in mid-November for heating aid.
- Childcare Subsidies: 5,500 Vermont families receive aid which adds up to $3 million in November.
Some of the programs require the state to give recipients at least 10 days' notice of changes. In order for the state to meet those deadlines, Yacavone says his department will have to start writing those notice letters this week.
As a back up plan, the Vermont Treasurer's office is currently assessing their cash flow.
The state is holding off sending these letters until October 17
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