Dept of Public Welfare issues memo eliminating General Assistance

Yesterday, the Department of Public Welfare issued an Operations Memo terminating General Assistance.

According to the memo, “GA Cash Assistance program shall cease July 1, 2012.”

It appears from this memo that no advance notice will be sent to recipients.  Almost 70,000 Pennsylvanians will learn that their sole source of income has ended when it simply stops showing up in 10 days, and they can’t pay their rent.

According to the memo, those affected include:

  • 18-20 years old and in secondary school expected to graduate by age 21
  • Children under the age of 21 not eligible for TANF
  • In a 2-parent household with children under 13 or 13 and older and disabled
  • Temporarily or permanently disabled
  • Non-parental caretakers of children under 13 or 13 and older and disabled
  • Undergoing drug and alcohol treatment that precludes employment
  • A pregnant woman not eligible for TANF
  • A victim of domestic violence

Why is our Governor and legislators doing this to needy Pennsylvanians?  According to the Memo, “Pennsylvania is facing a budget shortfall for FY 2011-12 and eliminating the GA cash program will reduce state spending and help balance the budget.”

To read the full memo, please click here.

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