Benefit Details
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, and, if the state chooses, to weatherize homes.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Information about how to contact each office can be obtained at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap-state-and-territory-contact-listing

For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number:
1-866-674-6327

Program Contact Information

For more information about LIHEAP:
You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
You can:
  • Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327
  • send an e-mail to:energy@ncat.org
  • or you can contact your State's LIHEAP office

A list of frequently asked questions about LIHEAP is also available at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/resource/consumer-frquently-asked-questions
Medicaid Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual state. Thus, a person who is eligible for Medicaid in one state may not qualify in another state. You must check with the Medicaid office in the state you live in to confirm your eligibility to receive benefits.

Medicaid is a joint Federal/state program administered by each individual state. Each state develops its own rules related to eligibility and coverage within broad Federal guidelines.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, have a child(ren) with a disability, or be responsible for children under 19 years of age.

States set individual eligibility criteria within federal minimum standards. For more information on Medicaid policies by state, please visit:
http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/By-State.html

Improvements brought about by the Affordable Care Act will take full effect January 1, 2014. To read more about the impact of these changes, please visit:
http://medicaid.gov/affordablecareact/provisions/childrens-health-insurance-program.html

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information on application procedure, please visit:
http://medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/By-State.html

Program Contact Information

To find out whether you are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, contact your state Medicaid office. Phone numbers for each state office can be obtained through this website: http://www.cms.gov/apps/contacts/
For general information about the Medicaid program, including eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp?
Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.pa.gov/

Program Description

The Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a partnership between Pennsylvania and the Federal Government that provides health coverage to uninsured children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private coverage.

General guidelines for administering CHIP are established by the Federal government. However, specific eligibility requirements and scope of services is determined by the state. The program is geared to help working families obtain care they could not otherwise afford.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Pennsylvania, under 19 years of age or be a primary caregiver with a child under the age of 19, pregnant, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply for CHIP Benefits, you may call 1-800-986-5437 (KIDS) or apply online at:
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/cmhom.aspx

Program Contact Information

For more information, please contact your local county assistance office: http://chipcoverspakids.com/find_chip_area_int_page.php
Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.pa.gov/

Program Description

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on welfare. No lien is placed on the person's property if they receive this help. Additional money is available to individuals if they are in an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing their heat. Emergency situations include:
  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
  • Lack of fuel
  • Termination of utility service
  • Danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Please visit the online application portal known as COMPASS to apply directly online or check your application status.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's website to find more information about the LIHEAP program.
Pennsylvania Medicaid Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.pa.gov/

Program Description

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. In some states the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.

Note: Medicaid is sometimes referred to by state specific names. Regardless of the various names, the programs are still Medicaid and are governed by federal Medicaid law and regulations.

General Program Requirements

Medicaid programs must follow federal guidelines, but they vary somewhat from state to state.

In general for this benefit program, you must be a US national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have low income.

You must also be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply online, please visit the COMPASS online application portal.

For additional application information, visit the Health Care/ Medical Assistance page. You will be able to download an application form directly from the site.

You may also find out if you qualify through the Marketplace application.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the program, please visit the Medicaid and CHIP page.

For additional details, please visit the Medicaid & CHIP Policies page and select your state.
Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.pa.gov/

Program Description

The Pennsylvania-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.


The four purposes of the TANF program are to:

  • Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
  • Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  • Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families


Note: TANF is sometimes referred to by state specific names.

General Program Requirements

In general for this benefit program, you must be a US national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have very low income. You must also be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.

 

In order to receive TANF benefits in Pennsylvania you will need to contact Cash Assistance/TANF, which is the local TANF office in PA. They can assist with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families that helps low income families purchase items such as clothing, food and housing expenses.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply online, please visit the COMPASS online application portal.

For additional application information, visit the Apply for Benefits  page.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about the program, please visit the PA.GOV, TANF and Moving to Independence page.

You may also use the County Assistance Office and Contact Information to find a service center near you.
You can also visit the Office of Family Assistance Help for Families TANF Program Contacts page to find the appropriate state contact(s).
Pennsylvania Unemployment Insurance
Managing Agency Pennsylvania http://www.pa.gov/

Program Description

The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

Pennsylvania currently administers the following UI programs:
  • Pennsylvania UI provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under PA state law), and meet other eligibility requirements of Pennsylvania law.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States.
  • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian federal employees.
  • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel.
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) provides income support to persons who have exhausted Unemployment Compensation and whose jobs were affected by foreign imports.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for Pennsylvania UI benefits, you must:
  • Have worked in Pennsylvania during the past 12 to 18 months,
  • Have enough wages and weeks of work in your employment history,
  • Have a qualifying separation,
  • Be able and available to accept suitable work and not refuse work when offered, and
  • Register and search for work, as required.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To file a claim online or to check the status of your claim, please visit the Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Home page.

Program Contact Information

For more information on Unemployment Insurance, please visit the Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Home page.

You may also visit the U.S. Department of Labor's State Unemployment Insurance Benefits website for additional federal program information.
Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development http://www.newpa.com

Program Description

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides grants to states, territories, and some Indian tribes to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income families. These governments, in turn, contract with local governments and nonprofit agencies to provide weatherization services to those in need using the latest technologies for home energy upgrades.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania. Preference may be given to:

  • People over 60 years of age
  • Families with one or more members with a disability
  • Families with children (in most states)

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.

Under DOE guidelines, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization assistance if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply, please contact your local Weatherization service provider.

For additional contact information, visit the Grantee Contacts page to locate Pennsylvania's WAP administrator.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania's Weatherization program website.

You may also visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program website for additional information.
State Children's Health Insurance Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is a partnership between the Federal and state governments that provides health coverage to uninsured children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford private coverage. All states provide immunizations and well-baby/well-child care at no cost.

The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of SCHIP benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive SCHIP benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual state. You must check with the SCHIP office in the state you live in to confirm your family's eligibility to receive benefits. Important: Names for this program vary by state. If you are not sure which office to contact, contact the main Medicaid hotline in your state and ask for the office that deals with children's health insurance.

General Program Requirements

For this benefit program, you must be under 19 years of age or be a primary caregiver with a child under the age of 19, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see your state's program information for details. Application packets are available at your local county health departments and may also be obtained in your community at many doctors' offices, hospitals, social service agencies, schools, and pharmacies.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Applications are processed at the state level. For specific information about SCHIP in your state, including steps to apply, please visit http://www.insurekidsnow.gov.

Program Contact Information

For more information, you may also call this toll-free number: 1-877-543-7669
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides grant funds to states and territories to provide families with financial assistance and related support services. State-administered programs may include childcare assistance, job preparation, and work assistance.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, the applicant must be either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age. Also the applicant must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident; have low or very low income; and be under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Each state and territory decides the benefits it will provide. Each state and territory also establishes the specific eligibility criteria that must be met to receive financial assistance payments or other types of benefits and services. Thus, you must check with the TANF agency in the area that you reside to learn whether you are eligible to receive financial assistance or other TANF benefits and services.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For application information from your state, please visit:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/help

Program Contact Information

For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov/

Program Description

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is a Federal agency within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the nation's immigration laws relating to immigration benefits and services. USCIS regulates permanent and temporary immigration to the United States. This includes legal permanent residence status, non-immigrant status (e.g., tourists or students), and naturalization.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you may be a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident, or an immigrant or an intending immigrant.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To file an application online, please visit:
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/...

Program Contact Information

For information about USCIS visit their website and select the state in which you live:
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
For more information, you may also call the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at: 1-800-375-5283
Or TTY at: 1-800-767-1833
USCIS is a component of the Department of Homeland Security, for more information visit: http://www.dhs.gov/
Unemployment Insurance
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/

Program Description

The Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked during a specified period, usually in the past 12 to 18 months, and earned a minimum amount of wages as set by each state. You must also be determined to be unemployed through no fault of your own and meet other state eligibility requirements determined under state law.

To determine your eligibility for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits you should contact the state unemployment insurance agency in the state where you are located as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. In some states, you can now file a claim by telephone and the Internet.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To find information for a particular state or territory, please visit the Career OneStop Service Locator.

Program Contact Information

For information about the state agencies responsible for unemployment claims, visit Career One Stop's America's Service Locator website and select the state where you would like to file.
You can also call: 1-866-487-2365
People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free TTY number: 1-877-889-5627
Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Energy http://www.energy.gov/

Program Description

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings families in need, using the most advanced technologies and testing procedures available in the housing industry. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides funding to states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian tribal governments, which manage the administration of the program. These governments, in turn, fund a network of local community action agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments that provide these weatherization services in every state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and among Native American tribes.

General Program Requirements

As many as 20 to 30 million U.S. families are eligible for weatherization services nationwide. Services are provided by the states, and each state has slightly different criteria. All energy services are handled by local weatherization agencies.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services. In other cases, states give preference to:
  • People over 60 years of age
  • Families with one or more members with a disability
  • Families with children (in most states)
One of the primary factors affecting eligibility is income. Depending on what state you live in, you are eligible for weatherization if your income falls below the 200 percent poverty level.

Some states use a third alternative to set eligibility if your income is less than 60 percent of the median income in your state; and minimum incomes for Hawaii and Alaska, respectively, are slightly higher.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information about applying for this program visit the DOE Where to Apply for Weatherization Assistance page.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the Weatherization Assistance Program page.