On Aug. 1, Pennsylvania's General Assistance (GA) program ended, and recipients will no longer receive the monthly benefit.
Almost 6,000 people in Philadelphia received GA assistance, which accounts for 50% of the state's total recipients. The Wolf Administration has announced it is working closely with its partners in the General Assembly and Pennsylvania communities to help people who will no longer receive this benefit.
Community organizations will likely see an increased need for assistance because of this change. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has prepared the document for social services providers about the discontinuance of GA cash assistance.
DHS is in close contact with its partners at the United Way and recommends that people affected by this change who are unsure where to go for resources contact 2-1-1. While there is no direct replacement of cash assistance from the GA program, 2-1-1 can connect people to organizations and supports that may be able to help meet their basic needs. Social service organizations are encouraged to reach out to 2-1-1 to ensure their agency's information is up-to-date and included as a resource option.
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