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DSS seeks comments on Work First plan

Mecklenburg County is inviting the public to offer their thoughts on a proposed plan to help residents move off public assistance to jobs and self-sufficiency.

The 2009-2011 Work First Plan was drafted by a committee of leaders representing employment and education, housing, childcare, family services, transportation and substance abuse and mental health. The plan will be presented to county commissioners later this month.

The document can be viewed on the Department of Social Services Web page, a link of which is provided off, or at the following locations across the county:

-- Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County branches

-- Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information Department, on the second floor of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, in Charlotte's uptown area.

-- DSS headquarters at 301 Billingsley Rd. in Charlotte, and the following DSS offices: County and Courts Office Building-720 E. 4th Street, fifth floor; Bob Walton Plaza-700 East Stonewall, sixth floor; Freedom Center, 3205 Freedom Drive; Charlotte East-4th floor, 5800 Executive Center Drive; and Farm Pond Lane-Farm Pond, third floor.

To comment on the plan, send an e-mail to Comments also can be sent by fax to 704-353-1306, or by mail to: Susie Parrott, chair of the Work First Planning Committee; Mecklenburg County DSS; 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC, 28211.

Comments are due by Oct. 7.