March 5, 1992 |
Gov. Casey's plans to trim the state's general assistance program perhaps won't harm women and children, but thousands of others stand to be clobbered by the proposed cuts, city officials say. "I am more determined than ever to shield our children from the economic storms that are raging around us," Gov. Casey said in his budget message last month. And he announced plans to increase aid to some children and families. But the proposed changes in general assistance could force the financially troubled city government to pick up much of the tab for care of the newly homeless, social services to the poor, and health care at already overburdened district health centers.
July 12, 2012 |
AFTER OPENING a letter from the state Department of Public Welfare on Wednesday afternoon, Alexander Fink was left wondering how he'd pay for even the simplest of necessities next month. The Port Richmond man and more than 35,000 other Philadelphians are being cut off from the state-funded general-assistance public-welfare program, which is being terminated July 31 as part of Gov. Corbett's austere budget. "With that cash, you pay for your basic needs, your toiletries, a bill — I'm on lifeline for my telephone company, and my co-pays for my prescriptions," said Fink, who is disabled.
April 28, 1994 |
Jo Ann Engard figures the cuts Gov. Casey has proposed for Pennsylvania's general-assistance welfare program are going to generate a lot more business for her. Engard runs the Hospitality Center in Norristown. It's a daytime center for the area's homeless - a place where they can wash up, pick up their mail or leave their bags while out on job interviews. A lot of her clients get general assistance, the state's basic welfare program. Those between 18 and 44 are dubbed "transitionally needy" and given about $200 per month, three months a year, plus some medical benefits.
March 21, 2012 |
The number of general-assistance welfare recipients in New Jersey has plummeted, with thousands of applicants being denied enrollment, in part because of a controversial new policy of the Christie administration. The July 1 change, which already has saved the state money, established a prerequisite to qualify for aid: attend job training or offer proof of an active employment search, for four consecutive weeks. The administration says the rule is intended to improve applicants' odds of finding work, which will keep the general-assistance rolls down.
October 25, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Unable to work for a year because of her disabilities, Billie Washington of Philadelphia has relied on the kindness of her grandmother and $200 a month in cash assistance to help cover her rent and other living expenses. Now, since the Department of Public Welfare acted in August to eliminate the monthly stipend for 67,000 people, many awaiting admission to the federal Medicaid disability program, Washington fears she may end up on the street. "I'd have to go to a shelter," Washington testified in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday when asked what might happen to her if she receives no further assistance.
August 2, 2012 |
In Nicetown, Marie White is wondering how she will continue to feed a 10-year-old neighbor for whom she has become a surrogate mother. In North Philadelphia, Linda Oliver does not know how she will pay her gas and water bills. And at Recovery King in Germantown, employees are asking if they will have to turn away recovering addicts. Those worries have festered for months, since Gov. Corbett announced the end of General Assistance (G.A.), a program that helps 70,000 of Pennsylvania's poorest and sickest residents.
October 3, 2012 |
Advocates for the disabled on Monday sued the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, demanding the restoration of the state's cash assistance program. The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, was filed on behalf of three former recipients of General Assistance, which had paid $205 a month to poor disabled people. Gov. Corbett and the legislature eliminated the program in June to save $150 million a year. In the filing, Billie Washington, the lead plaintiff, said she had been receiving General Assistance since last fall because rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses had left her unable to continue working as a home health care attendant.
September 28, 2012 |
The Corbett administration has provided no help or alternatives for those hurt by the governor's decision to cut funding that paid for medication and other critical needs, the poor and their advocates told state officials Thursday. On Aug. 1, Gov. Corbett ended the state's General Assistance program, which had provided $205 a month to 70,000 Pennsylvanians. Since then, former recipients have been going without medication for diseases such as HIV and can't pay for basic needs, advocates told state officials in a meeting at the Department of Public Welfare offices in Center City.