By James Yeun; Art by John L. Hill
If your gross monthly income is less than or equal to the amount in the table below, you might be eligible. The only way to really know is to apply.
|Household Size||Maximum Gross Monthly Income||Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Households w/ an Elderly or Disabled Member|
Don’t forget “work requirements”
Even though there aren’t enough decent jobs for everyone, able-bodied adults without dependents aged 18 through 49 must show that they have worked on average 80 hours a month or participated in a government-approved work or training program.
Where to apply?
The Online Portal is at www.compass.state.pa.us, but this can be very confusing for first-time applicants.
Head to your local county assistance office and apply in person.
Who can apply?
- The head of household; or
- The spouse of the head of household; or
- Any other responsible household member; or
- A designated authorized representative, who can be a friend, relative, neighbor, or anyone else the applicant trusts to go food shopping and use their SNAP benefits.
What to bring?
A valid photo ID
Proof of residence
Documentation of income (e.g., pay stub)
Utility bills, proof of medical expenses, and proof of any other major expenses can make it easier to be approved (remember to bring this information in every 6 months)
Or call: 1-800-692-7462
DID YOU KNOW? General Assistance has been reinstated!!
General Assistance is a program for people with disabilities to get cash assistance through the state of Pennsylvania. You just have to get a doctor to verify that you have a disability. If you live in Philadelphia, you are able to receive $205/month. For more information, check out www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/cashassistance/generalassistance/index.htm
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