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Cash Assistance

Cash Assistance is provided to families through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and administered through Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare.  TANF provides money for dependent children and their parents or other relatives with whom they live, and for pregnant women. To be eligible for TANF, families must have very low income and meet other requirements. County Assistance Office staff can provide more information. Individuals can only receive Cash Assistance for 60 months (five years) over the course of their lifetime, although some exceptions apply.


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