FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2004
CONTACT: ESF 14, Public Information (850) 488-4855
DCF Panhandle Offices Open for Business on Monday, September 20, 2004
--Hurricane Ivan-affected area offices open to
serve clients;Food stamps will be replaced for September in Ivan-damaged
Tallahassee- The Department of
Children & Families offices in areas affected by Hurricane Ivan will be
open tomorrow according to the following
Escambia County: Operational at the North side Office only. This office
is located on the corner of Highway 29 and Interstate 10 and is
scheduled to open at 1 p.m. CST upon receipt of a FEMA-provided
generator. All other DCF Panhandle locations in Defuniak Springs,
Okaloosa County, Ft. Walton Beach, Santa Rosa County and the Child
Advocacy Center in Niceville will be open at 8 a.m. CST.
Additionally, all DCF clients currently receiving Economic
Self-Sufficiency benefits in Ivan-affected areas will find that their
September Electronic Bank Transfer card benefit will be replaced as of 8
a.m. Monday, September 20. This is to allow those clients who have lost
food as a result of the storm to purchase additional food items.
This mass-replacement provides much-needed relief benefits to 29,728
Panhandle households for a total of nearly $5.3 million. The average
amount per household is $177.90.
For questions, please call your local DCF Office.