The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced today that 3SquaresVT benefits will be lower for most recipients starting November 1, 2013. This lower benefit will result from the end of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was passed in 2009 to stimulate the economy and save jobs during the recession.
When the Act was passed, it included a temporary increase in 3SquaresVT benefits for everyone. When the law expires on October 31, 2013, almost everyone’s benefit will go down.
Example: A family of four might see a decrease of $36, while a single person might see a decrease of $11.
“We recognize that this reduction will be difficult for households on tight budgets,” said DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone. “Unfortunately, it is mandated by federal law and cannot be changed.”
Letters are being sent to all 3SquaresVT households this week to:
• Inform them of the coming change; and
• Tell them to expect a notice in mid-October that spells out exactly what their benefits will be starting November 1, 2013.
“We encourage those affected to go to http://mybenefits.vt.gov to find out about other DCF programs that may be able to help them pay for things like child care, fuel, phone service, and utilities,” said Commissioner Yacovone. “They can also dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont to find out about state and local resources.”
Media Contact: Dave Yacovone, DCF Commissioner, (802) 871-3385