Protect General Assistance
General Assistance is at risk of being eliminated, and we need your help! Can you take five minutes to email or call your PA legislators in Harrisburg to protect General Assistance?
What is General Assistance? Here's what you need to know:
- 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. If you know someone who would like to apply, here is more information about the application process.
- 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.
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.