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Work First is North Carolinas TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) plan to help families move off of welfare and into jobs. To help families, Work First provides employment services; supportive services and time limited cash assistance to families with children under age 18 who meet income and resources guidelines.

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Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a child in the home under the age of 18

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or qualified alien

  • Live in North Carolina and have a social security number or have applied for one

  • Have income that meets program requirements

  • Have less than $2000 in reserves

This is just a guide.  An eligibility worker at the Department of Social Services will assess your individual situation and inform you of your eligibility status.

Application Information:

Applications are taken by Income Maintenance workers at both of the Orange County Department of Social Services buildings on a first-come first-serve basis.

Bringing the following items will aid in the process of applications:

  • Identification, including birth certificates or other proof of age  for children

  • Social Security Cards or numbers for all members of household (Including children)

  • Proof of Residence - (Lease, rent or mortgage receipts, Utility Bill)

  • Proof of Income - (Pay stubs, SSI, Social Security, Work First, Pensions or Other)

  • Bank Accounts - (Recent bank statements and or passbooks, etc.)

  • Utility Bills - (Gas, Electric, Phone, Water, and Sewer, etc.)

  • Tax Bill/Insurance - If Homeowner

  • If Elderly/Disabled - (Unpaid medical bills, Prescriptions, Health and Hospital Insurance)

  • Name and phone number of at least 1 person who can verify who lives with you

  • Proof of Child Care Costs - (If employed or in school full time)

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