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Low income family.

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)
  • Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)

    Information on the TANF program from Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • TANF (Cash Assistance)

    Fact sheet from the Youth Justice Project providing information on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for cash assistance, including information for low-income parents under 18 years old. Content Detail

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    Youth Justice Project
  • Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services about Child Care Works, Pennsylvania's plan for improving the quality and increasing the availability of safe, affordable child care for Pennsylvania's working families. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services