Protect General Assistance
General Assistance is at risk of being eliminated, and we need your help! The bill that would end General Assistance - HB 33 - passed through the PA House Health Committee and could soon be up for a vote on the House floor. Can you take five minutes to email or call your PA House members in Harrisburg to protect General Assistance?
Reach Out to Legislators
Contact your PA Representatives and tell them that you are concerned about General Assistance. Urge them to vote no on HB 33, and to encourages their colleagues to do the same.
Let Them Know Why General Assistance Must Be Preserved
- General Assistance provides a small amount of cash support - about $200 per month - to a small, targeted population of Pennsylvanians in need of immediate help.
- This support goes only to specific populations who need immediate and urgent assistance, like people with disabilities who cannot work and may otherwise become homeless, people facing domestic violence, people who are being treated for drug or alcohol use disorder, and children who are being cared for by friends or neighbors.
- General Assistance is used to help people meet basic needs, like paying rent, buying a winter coat, fleeing an abusive situation at home, or covering co-pays that allow them to get medical treatment.
- General Assistance typically functions as a loan. Many who qualify are ultimately approved for Social Security Disability; when this happens, the state is paid back for GA payments.
- General Assistance makes financial sense. These small cash payments can keep people out of shelters, hospitals, and foster care by meeting their most urgent needs. GA benefits are spent locally, benefitting communities across PA. Because the state is often reimbursed for these payments, it costs relatively little.
More information about the General Assistance program to discuss with legislators can be found here.
Pennsylvania Can't Afford to Eliminate GA! Take action NOW!
General Assistance is a lifeline to populations that need temporary help to keep them out of more expensive programs and dangerous situations. Please contact your Pennsylvania elected officials TODAY to urge them to preserve this critical program by voting against HB 33.