SLANTS & TRENDS: FEDS GRANT GULF STATES FUNDING LEEWAY

Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:45 pm
 
Volume 38, Number 14
 
Gulf Coast states are getting some extra child care help in the rebuilding process nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina.

The Department of Health and Human Services says it will waive its usual rule requiring Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana to provide matching funds to access some of its federal child care allotment. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the department is making the move to promote rebuilding of family support programs in states still recuperating from last year`s hurricanes.

"We are dedicated to helping children and families recovering from hurricane disasters," Leavitt said. "These waivers will provide parents with much-needed child care services as they continue to rebuild their lives."

Budget allowances: Texas will receive $31 million, while Louisiana will get $27 million without matching requirements. In Mississippi`s[..]
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