Government Assistance Data

All government assistance data is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides money for dependent children and their parents or other relatives with whom they live, and for pregnant women. The Federal government and Pennsylvania fund TANF payments. In order to qualify for this benefit program, recipients must be a resident of the State of Pennsylvania, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed. 

The following table shows the number of adults and children eligible for TANF in the Central Region, and the graph compares the trend in TANF eligibility for the Central Region to the entire State. About 97% of TANF persons eligible actually receive it.

 

 

Food Stamp Eligibility (SNAP)  

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the Food Stamp program. SNAP benefits are used to buy food and help low-income persons and households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets for all eligible participants. Income eligibility is determined by family size. For a family of 3, the maximum gross monthly income cannot exceed $1,907. 

The following table shows the number of adults and children eligible for SNAP, and the graph compares the trend in the eligible SNAP population for the Central Region to the entire State. About 99% of SNAP persons eligible actually participate.

 

 

Medical Assistance (MA) 

Medical Assistance (MA) (also known as Medicaid) is a free public health insurance program. To be eligible, individuals must qualify according to one of several categories, including: 1) Individuals who are aged (age 65 and older), blind and disabled; 2) Families with children under age 21; 3) Single and married individuals with a temporary disability, age 59 through 64, limited income or special circumstances; 4) Under-going drug and alcohol treatment; 5) Victim of domestic violence; or 6) Caring for a child or disabled person. Medical Assistance eligibility is determined using income and household size in comparison to income limits. 

The following table shows the number of adults and children eligible for medical assistance, and the graph compares the trend in the eligible population for the Central Region to the entire State.