On July 18, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held unanimously that Act 80 of 2012, which eliminated General Assistance, was unconstitutional. As a result, General Assistance is back. This cash assistance program provides a minimal income support for desperately poor individuals with serious disabilities, people fleeing domestic violence, and individuals in active drug treatment for limited periods of time. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has already started taking applications for GA again.
Community Legal Services has also created a web page outlining who is eligible for GA and what documents they will need to provide when they apply. The web page is here.
CLS's web page also contains information about good changes to the TANF cash assistance program as a result of Act 80 being struck down, which will also be covered briefly in the webinar. The web page also contains background information on the lawsuit.