WUFT News

Chiefland Department Of Children And Families Will Close And Be Replaced By Website

By and on October 22nd, 2013

Levy County residents who normally turn to the local Department of Children and Families in Chiefland will no longer have that luxury next year.

The office will close its doors on March 31, 2014. Residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie County will then have to access their accounts online or travel to branches in Lake City or Gainesville in order to receive assistance or apply for aid.

John Harrell, spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, said the website has been in place for almost eight years and has helped create a more effective system.

The changes help increase efficiency and accessibility for the DCF and will help save Florida taxpayers millions of dollars, Harrell said.

Not all residents approve of the local branch’s closing.

Kay Stephens, a worker at the Chiefland Senior Center, said many of the residents in Levy County are not happy with the changes.

“They’re upset,” Stephens said. “They’re used to going there to get help when they need it.”

Despite the closing of the Levy County branch, Harrell said the department has taken steps to ease the transition for residents.

“We’ve formed partnerships with 49 different agencies that are providing computers for people to apply for economic assistance,” Harrell said. “We’ve basically gone from one center to 49.”

Stephens said that traveling to an office in another city like Gainesville may create issues for seniors.

“It’s hard for the elderly to get to Gainesville,” she said. “We have transportation to get there, but you don’t know how long it is going to take.”


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

The Ocala City Council repealed the so-called "saggy pants" ordinance at Ocala City Hall on Tuesday evening. The ordinance banned saggy pants on city property.

Ocala City Council Repeals ‘Saggy Pants’ Ordinance

The Ocala City Council voted to repeal an ordinance banning saggy pants on city property. The controversial ordinance met with criticism from the NAACP.


City of Hampton Kicks Off New Era with First Election In About a Decade

The city of Hampton holds its first election in about 10 years today after state lawmakers give local leaders a second chance instead of dissolving the city. Citizens will vote to fill city council seats and approve charter amendments.


Marty Washington, 57, of Gainesville, Florida walks by the City of Waldo Police Department on Wednesday, September 3. Waldo is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after being accused of issuing illegal ticket quotas for officers.

Steve Maynard Named Waldo’s Interim Police Chief

The Alachua County Sherriff’s Office has named Acting Captain Steve Maynard as Waldo’s new interim police chief, after the previous chief was accused of enacting illegal ticket quotas.


National Report, a satirical website, published a story stating Williston had signed a deal to replace the local police department with a privatized force. According to the article, the new police force would be "trained, managed, and wholly operated by Walmart."

Spoof Website Turns Attention to Williston Police Department

National Report, a satirical news website, drew attention to the Williston Police Department after publishing an article about a deal made with Walmart to supply the town with a new, privatized police force. Williston PD pointed out the satirical nature of the story on Facebook.


Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 4.01.08 PM

Former Waldo Police Chief Accused of Unlawful Ticket Quota

Former Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo and current Cpl. Kenneth Smith have been accused of misrepresentation, fraud and enforcing unlawful ticketing quotas among other allegations made by current Waldo police officers.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments