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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 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)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)

    Temporary Aid to Needy Families is a program that provides cash assistance to families with dependent children for a limited time while helping them become self-sufficient. This information on the TANF program is from Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Qualifying for TANF (Audio-MP3)

    6/2/2008: Northwestern Legal Services provides information about qualifying requirements of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) benefits in Pennsylvania, an overview of citizenship and non-citizenship requirements, how the benefits are processed, and time limitation periods that apply. Audio recording with written transcript. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) (Audio-MP3)

    6/2/2008: Northwestern Legal Services provides a basic summary of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) Benefits in Pennsylvania, how to qualify, work requirements, how to obtain job-training or educational assistance, and information on how to apply for TANF. Audio recording with written transcript. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Agreement of Mutual Responsibility

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services on the Agreement of Mutual Responsibility (AMR). How you can make your AMR work for you, defining goals, and what to do if your caseworker does not agree with your AMR. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal 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.
  • Am I Eligible for Public Assistance?

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

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid
  • Benefits Available 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
  • 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
  • How to Get Child Care and Other Supportive Services When Your Family Gets Food Stamps, But Not Cash

    Families that get SNAP (food stamps), but not cash assistance ("SNAP-only" households) can get many of same special allowances for supportive services (SPALs) to attend school or job skills training that cash assistance families get. This fact sheet from the Community Justice Project contains information on obtaining supportive services from the County Assistance Office if your household only receives Food Stamp Benefits Read More

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    Community Justice Project
  • Self-Sufficiency Through Education and Training

    Legal education brochure from Northwestern Legal Services on strategies for parents pursuing self-sufficiency and getting a plan for education and training into action. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Subsidized Child Care Program

    Fact sheet from Northwestern Legal Services outlining the Subsidized Child Care Program operated by the Department of Human Services. (October 2018) Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • 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
  • Child Care Subsidies

    Information on the subsidized child care program that pays for part of the cost of child care for eligible families. This information is from the Youth Justice Project of Philadelphia, distributed through Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Read More

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    Youth Justice Project
  • Impact of Criminal Record on Public Benefits in Pennsylvania

    Chart from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia outlining the effect on the eligibility for public benefits for people with criminal records. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • The KEYS Program - Things to Know

    Information fact sheet from Northwestern Legal Services regarding the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) Program in Pennsylvania. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services