Sunday, April 18, 2010

Welfare Dollars at Work
Posted by: Tere

Welfare has a negative connotation in the minds of many. Welfare recipients are often mistakenly thought of as “lazy” people who take advantage of the system and don’t want to work. Although there are always some who take advantage of and abuse the system, the vast majority of recipients are people who just need help.
Welfare is a broad term which not only covers Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF and General Assistance, both of which are Cash Assistance programs, but also includes SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, new name for Food Stamps), Medicaid, and Child Care Assistance. There are millions of people through out the state of PA who receive one type of benefit or another and they are working people, the elderly, children, pregnant women, and disabled people. Due to the state of the economy, more people are seeking help.
Unfortunately not everyone who needs assistance will qualify, but the Department of Public Welfare is providing Assistance to millions
of Pennsylvanians state-wide. On the DPW website I found a recent article of how DPW dollars, which is largely federal funding, impact local economies. Through DPW 12.4 billion dollars of Federal funds are coming into PA in the 2010-2011 budget year. See the first link below to view the Budget Briefing from DPW.

If you are in need of assistance and would like to apply for benefits through DPW visit your local County Assistance Office, or you could apply online at

Northampton CAO
201 Larry Holmes Dr
Easton, PA 18042
M-F 7:30 AM – 5 PM

For information on child care assistance please contact Child Care Information Services 610-419-4500.

Si usted necesita ayuda y quiere solicitar beneficios de Asistencia en Efectivo, Asistencia Medica o Cupones de Alimento visite a la oficina de asistencia del condado o puede solicitar el línea

Northampton CAO
201 Larry Holmes Dr
Easton, PA 18042
L-V 7:30 AM – 5 PM

Para información de asistencia con cuidado de niño llama a Child Care Information Services 610-419-4500.


David Caines said...

Sadly, The system is horribly abused but for those who do truly need it, it is the last safety net we offer as a society before homelessness. Though as you've said many don't qualify, particularly thosde who have worked and paid the way for others. I admit that I support just about any sort of welfare reform and hope that the new "National Health care" thing will change the state of the system.
Still, for those who have lost everything, need medical insurance, or such...the program flawed as it is can be a life saver and hopefuly a means by which they may start over and find thier way back into the work force.
Well, that's the idea anyway.

noel jones said...

Thanks for posting this info, Tere.