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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Benefits.gov

    Benefits.gov is a free, online confidential tool that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive. Content Detail

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    Benefits.gov, a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Domestic Violence and Welfare Support Requirements

    Information from the Women's Law Project and Philadelphia Bar Association, hosted by the Philadelphia Courts website, about the requirement that families who receive cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance (GA) programs apply for child or spousal support unless excused for good cause. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Women's Law Project and Philadelphia Bar Association
  • How to Access Benefits During Coronavirus: SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, TANF & LIHEAP

    If you lost a job or your hours were cut because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, cash assistance (TANF) or heating bill assistance (LIHEAP). Content Detail

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    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
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    Spanish / Español
  • Status of Various Benefit Programs through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services during COVID-19

    Information about the status of public benefit programs during the COVID-19 Crisis. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Telephone Assistance Program - Lifeline

    Lifeline is a program that provides reduced telephone costs to customers of qualified telephone services. It is available to recipients of General Assistance (GA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Medical Assistance, Food Stamps or the National School Free Lunch Program. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services