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Public Health preps for layoff assistance

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - With impending layoffs set for the Government of Guam, concern has been raised as to whether the Department of Public Health and Social Services could handle an influx of individuals needing its services. Public Health Director Jim Gillan tells KUAM News his agency should have no problem handling any situation that occurs because the supplemental nutrition assistance program or snap is one hundred percent federally funded, all eligible families shouldn't have a problem applying

"And its open-ended, so if we have another 710 families it'll probably be about 2,100 or 2,200 hundred persons the feds just match and put the money in, it's not a problem, it's open ended," he said.

As of July, Public Health reported over 13,000 families and approximately 41,000 residents on the Food Stamp Program. Gillan adds that although providing temporary assistance to needy families may prove difficult, its Public Welfare Division offers its clients assistance in looking for work.

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