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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in Pennsylvania.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Different Doors for Child Care Subsidies

    Pennsylvania’s Child Care Works program provides child care subsidies through three different programs. This is information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on child care eligibility for people under the various programs that fit different sets of circumstances. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • 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
  • 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
  • Immigrants' Rights to Public Benefits in Pennsylvania

    Many immigrants are eligible to receive cash assistance, SNAP, medical assistance, and other public benefits programs in Pennsylvania. The rules about which immigrants are eligible or not eligible can be complicated. This flyer from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia provides general information on immigrants’ rights to public benefits in Pennsylvania. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • 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
  • Limited Income? Ideas for Stretching Your Dollars

    This packet from Northwestern Legal Services provides many ideas to northwestern PA residents on how to stretch your limited dollars, focusing on 8 areas of your life: Food, Clothing, Housing, Utilities, Money, Medical, Education, and Children. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Overview of Welfare Programs in Philadelphia

    Information on the various assistance programs for low-income individuals that are available in Philadelphia. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • 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.
  • Public Benefits in PA (Audio-MP3) audio

    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
  • Qualifying for TANF (Audio-MP3) audio

    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
  • 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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español