New Jer­sey in­creases aid to the poor by 20%

The Morning Call - - STATE/REGIONAL - — As­so­ci­ated Press

New Jer­sey is boost­ing cash as­sis­tance to some of its poor­est res­i­dents by 20%.

Demo­cratic Gov. Phil Mur­phy’s ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced the in­crease on Wed­nes­day. Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Carole John­son said the ad­min­is­tra­tion wants help fam­i­lies “get on the strong­est pos­si­ble fi­nan­cial foot­ing.”

Un­der the change, a fam­ily of three in the WorkFirstN­J wel­fare pro­gram would see ben­e­fits pay­ments in­crease from $466 a month to $559. The in­crease was in­cluded in the bud­get that Mur­phy signed into law ear­lier this sum­mer.

Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment doc­u­ments show the num­ber of wel­fare re­cip­i­ents has been trending down.

In May 2019, there were 10,797 cases un­der WorkFirst NJ, down from 13,515 in May 2018, a drop of about 20%.

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