After years of advocacy and a ruling by the PA Supreme Court last September, the General Assistance program is now up and running. This is a tremendous win for low-income people in Pennsylvania, many whom have been living with no income since 2012 when the program was eliminated.
However, General Assistance is already at risk. Legislation has been introduced to eliminate General Assistance again.
The federal government is currently in the longest shutdown in the history of the United States of America. In addition to the over 800,000 federal workers harmed by the shutdown, millions of Americans who rely on federal programs for their health, safety, and wellbeing are at risk.
November 19, 2018 | Posted by Homeless Memorial Committee
The Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day Planning Committee is reaching out to you to help gather the names of homeless and formerly homeless women, men, and children who died in 2018 (and since last year’s remembrance on 12/21/17). This year’s Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 20. The location is Thomas Paine Plaza and the time is 5:00 p.m. Please join us. Details here.
Join Vote For Homes in our nonpartisan efforts to encourage and mobilize voters, focusing on people who are low-income, homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. Together, we registered over 600 people—now we need to support them getting to the polls!
We need volunteers to help us call or text voters and remind them about the election, to knock on doors and assist voters in making their election day plans, and to provide a limited number of rides for voters to the polls on Election Day, November 6th.
Join Vote For Homes in our ongoing nonpartisan effort to register and mobilize voters by learning about how to support the voting rights of people who are low-income, homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. The voter registration deadline for the November Election is October 9th!
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has announced that as of Monday, August 13, they will accept applications for General Assistance. This is a tremendous win for low-income people in Pennsylania, many whom have been living with no income since 2012 when the program was eliminated.
There are two things you can do now to help us get the word out:
In 2012, the PA General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett enacted Act 80 which, among other things, eliminated the General Assistance (GA) program. GA provided a small amount of money—$205 per month—to the most vulnerable individuals in Pennsylvania who were not eligible for any other programs: disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who was sick or disabled, adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs and children living with an unrelated adult.
This election is critical for the future of our state and nation! Voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will vote in their party’s Primary Election for the following: PA Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Representatives and Senate, PA Representatives and Senate (even-numbererd districts) and City and State Committeepeople. All voters can vote on the ballot questions.