Arizona

Oct 4, 2013 11:58 AM by Associated Press

Nearly 5,200 Ariz. families denied welfare checks

PHOENIX (AP) - Nearly 5,200 low-income Arizona families have been denied welfare checks as a result of the federal government shutdown.

The Arizona Republic reports that 5,150 families eligible for help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program didn't get their payments Thursday.

The group denied checks included people who had been approved for cash assistance, which averages $207 per person.

Funding for the federally funded, state-run program had run out by the third day of the shutdown.

About 11,000 other families already had received their aid this month, but their benefits could be affected if the political stalemate in Washington stretches into November.

The loss of federal funding in Arizona also hit some privately operated community safety net organizations Thursday, including shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence.

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