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More Utahns turn to government for financial help

More Utahns turn to government for financial help



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The number of Utahns getting financial help from the government has gone up 30 percent since last year.

In May, 6,797 Utah households were on public assistance. A year earlier the number was 5,219.

To qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a family of three can make no more than $1,050 per month. The state has not increased the income limits since the 1990s.

However, the state is planning to temporarily extend the eligibility time period for help. Starting as early as September, the change would affect residents who have recently been laid off, have essentially no other income and have previously maxed out the 36-month time limit for TANF.

It's not clear how many people the change would affect.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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