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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Cash Assistance Programs (other than TANF) in Pennsylvania.

  • COMPASS - Apply for Public Benefits and Services from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania residents can apply for a variety of programs offered by the PA Department of Human Services, including public assistance, food stamps, health care coverage, energy assistance and other social service programs at this site Content Detail

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    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services (COMPASS)
  • Application for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance Benefits [PDF]

    This form from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is an Application for Cash Assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance Benefits [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Cash Assistance - What You Need to Know

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services regarding cash assistance and important information you should be aware of such as time limits, work requirements, special rules, and income and resource rules. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Public Assistance

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services about your eligibility for cash assistance; medical assistance; food assistance; and utility assistance. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Cash Assistance

    Information on Cash Assistance programs administered by the PA Department of Human Services. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • A Guide to Public Benefits

    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. provides this guide to some programs that are funded by the government to provide help to individuals and families during times of need. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Benefits Available from the Welfare Office for Low Income Persons

    A Summary of Benefits available through your County Assistance Office from Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Diversion and Moving to Independence

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the Diversion program. Diversion is a way for families to choose short-term help in the form of a one-time lump sum payment rather than long-term ongoing cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Public Benefits in PA (Audio-MP3)

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 8/9/07. Information on Pennsylvania Public Benefits, including General Assistance, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) and Food stamps. (20:34) Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Tips on Applying for Welfare Benefits

    Helpful tips from Neighborhood Legal Services Association about filing an application for benefits from the Department of Public Welfare. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Earned Income Tax Credit - Are You Eligible

    Information from the Internal Revenue Services on the Earned Income Tax Credit and whether you qualify. Content Detail

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    Internal Revenue Services
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): Should I Apply? - Use the EITC Assistant

    The Internal Revenue Service provides this online resource for you to use to find out if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by answering a few simple questions and providing basic income information. Content Detail

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    Internal Revenue Service
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • State Blind Pension Program

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the State Blind Pension Program, which provides blind pension benefits for adults who meet visual requirements and other conditions of eligibility. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services provides information on the EBT benefit delivery system which provides public assistance recipients with electronic access to their cash and food stamp benefits. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • How to Appeal a Welfare Decision

    Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia for public benefit recipients on how to appeal decisions made by the Department of Public Welfare regarding their benefits. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia