Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden: “Where will these people turn?”

The poor and state budget: Where will these people turn?
Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden

General Assistance is another program threatened with elimination. The GA program supports our most vulnerable citizens — people with no other income who are disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who is sick or disabled, adults participating in drug and alcohol treatment programs or children living with an unrelated adult.

The monthly GA benefit usually amounts to about $205, a sum that has not been increased for 22 years. Fewer than one in 200 Pennsylvanians receive this benefit, but for those who do, it is a lifeline. …

At Catholic Charities, we will continue to answer our call to “feed the hungry and clothe the poor.”

We need our state leaders to show concern for the poor in the state budget by providing funding for vital programs that serve the poorest of the poor.

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