Work First Family Assistance (also known as WFFA) is an employment program for families with children under the age of 18 living in the home that assists with locating and maintaining employment, plus pursing child support. The goal is to help the applicant become gainfully employed in as short a time as possible. WFFA also provides financial assistance for families where an eligible child resides with a relative or caretaker. The caretaker can receive cash assistance without participation in the employment program. Applications for Work First are taken by appointment only. Call the Caldwell County Department of Social Services and ask to speak with a Work First Case Manager for addition information, questions about eligibility requirements, and/or to schedule an appointment.
Work First Emergency Assistance (WFFA-EA)
Families who are experiencing a financial emergency may be eligible for financial help to pay for housing and utilities. The family must have at least one child under age 18 living in the home and meet income eligibility requirements.
Child Care Subsidy (Help Paying for Child Care)
Parents, foster parents, or other responsible adults who are the primary caregiver for a child may be eligible for child care assistance. Eligibility is based on income guidelines and the need for care. Funding is limited which can result in a waiting list. Financial guidelines and eligibility criteria are subject to change. Call the Caldwell County Department of Social Services and ask to speak with a Child Care caseworker for additional information.
*At this time there is no waiting list for child care assistance.