General Assistance Ends August First

A decades-long General Assistance (GA) program expires August 1, 2019, affecting more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians who relied on the small, temporary program targeted to the most vulnerable as a bridge in times of crisis. LAMPa’s director urges ministries to learn who is affected, do what can be done to fill in the gaps, and be their advocates.

LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale urged congregations and social ministry organizations to learn whether those they are serving in their ministries were receiving or qualified for General Assistance and do what they can to fill in the gap. If, respecting our neighbors’ privacy, you are given permission to share their stories, please do so with LAMPa and lawmakers.

“As we accompany those with and whom we serve, we better understand their needs and are better able to advocate. We ask for vigilance on behalf of those who are losing this support as of Aug. 1, and prayers for all as we continue to look for a way forward to keep a time of crisis in someone’s life from turning into a tragedy,” DePasquale said.

Current General Assistance recipients were notified of the change via mail. Current recipients may still qualify for other benefits. Contact your local County Assistance Office or apply online via COMPASSLearn more about General Assistance.

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