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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.

Active 2008-Present

"Going to go live with this person or live with that person wasn't going to get me a place to stay. That’s just hiding from house to house. I didn’t want to keep confusing her. I wanted her to be in stable setting, somewhere where she would know we were going to be somewhere better soon."

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Active 2008-2012

"You don’t want to say no if somebody comes and asks you for food and you have it. You want to give it to them. But then you want to say no, because what if my kids don’t have food to eat the next day?"

“How can we teach our kids to have high hopes if we don’t have high hopes? If we have no self-esteem within ourselves?”

Active 2008-Present

"I want them to be smart. I want them to finish school. I want them to get good jobs. I want them to know that just because you live in the neighborhood doesn’t mean you have to be in the neighborhood.  It’s just I don’t know where to get help from; I don’t know who to ask for help."

Active 2008-Present

"I always say I would never give up on my kids. I always would try to do the best for them to at least graduate from high school because I’m not going to be able to afford for them to go to college or anything like that...I will never give up on them. I will always push them and try my best."

Active 2008-Present

“What would you do if you were in my shoes? If you had to work two jobs to take care of your kids and it still wasn’t enough? And then the government tells you you can’t have Food Stamps to feed your kids…what would you do?”

Active 2008-Present

"Everything is not as good as it looks… It might look like we're not struggling on the outside but we really are. And stuff is really hard for us. Everybody's like, 'You're lucky, he takes care of his daughter.' He does that and I’m happy that he does that, but sometimes there are things that he can’t get for her that we need for her."


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