North Carolina's Work First welfare program will begin requiring adults to work before they receive monthly benefit checks.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that starting this month, all adults in the program will be required to provide proof that they're working, going to school or job hunting before they receive a check. Previously, recipients in many counties got checks whether or not they met requirements.
The Department of Health and Human Services Web site states that nearly 11,000 adults in the state participate in Work First.
Officials say recipients will still receive money if they can demonstrate that child care or illness prevented them meeting obligations.
The changes were made after the federal government threatened to slash funding if the state didn't make improvements.