Some folks in the Pine Belt got off to an early start this morning for a chance to receive free federal dollars, and all they had to do was stand in line. A federal program called "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" or "TANF" was distributing funds at the Department of Human Services around South Mississippi.
Many people say they learned by word- of-mouth about the TANF funds. The Department of Human Services issued a letter stating, "TANF upfront diversion program is providing a one time cash payment based on availability." Seven on your Side has learned $4,000,000 has been allocated to 23 Mississippi counties. $200,000 to $250,000 will be given away in each county. Residents who qualify could receive up to $1000.