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General Assistance in PA is Ending August 1, 2019: What You Need to Know

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General Assistance in PA is Ending August 1, 2019: What You Need to Know

Do you get $205 a Month From Welfare?

You Will Probably Lose Your Cash Assistance.

Pennsylvania is ending the General Assistance program.  General Assistance is cash welfare for people without minor children.  This program ended in 2012, began again in the fall of 2018, and is now ending again.

         You will lose your cash assistance on August 1 if:

  • You are not pregnant or caring for a child you are related to, and
  • You get $102.50 from welfare two times a month.

Everyone who currently getting General Assistance will lose their cash assistance on August 1 – even if they are disabled and cannot work. 

Be sure to let the welfare office know if: 

  • You are pregnant, OR
  • You are caring for a child you are related to, OR
  • You are blind.

Most people in these groups can keep their cash assistance.

If you lose your cash assistance, you can still get Medical Assistance and SNAP (food stamps).  If you have no income, you should get $192 a month in SNAP. 

If the welfare office makes a mistake, appeal and get help. 

For more information, please see the General Assistance FAQ 

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Date: 
07/08/2019