Erie County Increases Income Eligibility for State Child Care Funding

August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM EDT

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Erie County Increases Income Eligibility for State Child Care Funding

August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/RELEASE) - The Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS) announced Monday that as a result of increased New York State funding for child care, eligibility levels for the low income subsidy program will be increased from 125% to 175% of the Federal Poverty Level.

This increase will become effective on August 23, 2010. A family of three could earn up to $3,051.66 per month in order to qualify for these services.

Erie County Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert says, “While our allocation was delayed by the elongated state budget process, the increase in funding for this critical service allows us to support families who are working toward independence. Providing child care subsidies to the working poor is an important component of helping them become more self-sufficient.”

The County is able to raise the income standard because its child care subsidy allocations were increased by $6 million over the 2009-2010 state fiscal year. Funds are distributed by the Federal Child Care Block Grant and are then disbursed through New York State to offset the costs of child care for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients and the working poor. The new allocations were announced by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services on Friday, August 13, 2010.