Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Managing Agency Pennsylvania

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 U.S. 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 program.

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 Medicaid Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania

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 U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and have low income.

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

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$15,800
2$21,307
3$26,813
4$32,319
5$37,825
6$43,331
7$48,851
8$54,384

Your Next Steps

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

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.



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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 program.

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/


Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Energy

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.
 

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$23,760
2$32,040
3$40,320
4$48,600
5$56,880
6$65,160
7$73,460
8$81,780

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 program.

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.



Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program

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.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$23,760
2$32,040
3$40,320
4$48,600
5$56,880
6$65,160
7$73,460
8$81,780

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 program.

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.



Unemployment Insurance
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Labor

Program Description

The Department of Labor has oversight responsibility for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs operated in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  These states/jurisdictions 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 UI benefits you should contact the state UI 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 program.

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


Pennsylvania Unemployment Insurance
Managing Agency Pennsylvania

Program Description

The Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under Pennsylvania law, and meet other eligibility requirements of Pennsylvania law.

  • Unemployment insurance (UI) payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of Pennsylvania law.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Pennsylvania during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

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

Program Contact Information

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

You may also visit the U.S. Department of Labor's State Unemployment Insurance Benefits website for additional federal program information.



Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Program Description

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.  

General Program Requirements

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

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$17,820
2$24,030
3$30,240
4$36,450
5$42,660
6$48,870
7$55,095
8$61,335
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 program.

Application Process

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office.

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 here.

Additional Information

Length of ProgramFiscal Year Program
Tribes Funded by this Program152 Tribal Organization in Fiscal Year 2015
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Varies from year to year
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Funding TypeMandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.568
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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 program.

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


State Children's Health Insurance Program

Program Description

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a partnership between the federal and state governments that provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program. CHIP benefits are different in each state. But all states provide comprehensive coverage, like routine check-ups, immunizations, doctor visits, and prescriptions. Check with your state for information about covered services.

Each state program has its own rules about who qualifies for CHIP. You can apply right now, any time of year, and find out if you qualify. If you apply for Medicaid coverage to your state agency, you’ll also find out if your children qualify for CHIP. You must check with the CHIP office in the state you live in to confirm if your family is eligible to get benefits. These programs may be called different names in your state. To find information about the Medicaid and CHIP programs in your state, visit InsureKidsNow.gov or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669). When you call, you’ll be connected to someone in your state who can help you learn whether your children may qualify and help you enroll them.

General Program Requirements

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

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$48,240
2$64,960
3$81,680
4$98,400
5$115,120
6$131,840
7$148,560
8$165,280

Eligibility depends on your income, the number of people in your family and the rules in your state. In almost every state, children in families with income up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($48,500 per year for a family of four) are covered. In more than half the states, the income eligibility for children can be even higher.

Depending on your income level, you may need to pay low premiums and cost-sharing for some services. The rest of the coverage is paid for by the federal government and your state.  See your state's program information for details.

 

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

You can enroll in CHIP anytime, and can apply online, by phone, by mail or in person. You can apply using the online application or directly at your state’s Medicaid or CHIP agency.  For specific information about CHIP in your state, including steps to apply, visit InsureKidsNow.gov.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit InsureKidsNow.gov or call or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).



Medicaid Program

Program Description

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The federal government provides a portion of the funding for Medicaid and sets guidelines for the program. Medicaid programs vary from state to state. They may also have different names, like “Medical Assistance” or “Medi-Cal.”

General Program Requirements

Each state has different options that can affect eligibility. Many states have expanded their Medicaid programs, so even if you didn’t qualify for Medicaid before, you might be eligible now, depending on your household income, family size, disability, and other factors. You must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a permanent resident. Visit HealthCare.gov to find out if you may qualify for Medicaid.

Visit Medicaid.gov for details about Medicaid policies and program requirements in every state.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

You can apply for Medicaid through the Health Insurance Marketplace or directly with your state Medicaid agency. To apply through the Marketplace, visit the application website to create a Marketplace account and complete an application.

Program Contact Information

To find out whether you’re eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, contact your state Medicaid office. Visit the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to get the phone number for your state Medicaid office.



Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program
Managing Agency Pennsylvania

Program Description

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to nearly eight million children and families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private coverage.
 

In some states, CHIP covers parents and pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program. Please note: These programs may be called by different names in your state.

 

Some benefits covered through CHIP, include:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental and vision care
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services

General Program Requirements

CHIP serves uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid.

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

The child must also be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$35,640
2$48,060
3$60,480
4$72,900
5$85,320
6$97,740
7$110,190
8$122,670

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply online, please visit the Pennsylvania COMPASS  online application for health and human services.

For additional application information, visit the Apply Online With COMPASS 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 Pennsylvania CHIP page.

You may also use the County Coverage Map to find a service center near you.

For additional details, please visit the Medicaid & CHIP Policies page and select your state.



Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Managing Agency Pennsylvania

Program Description

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire, or eviction).

The Pennsylvania LIHEAP program may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance:

  • Bill payment assistance.
  • Energy crisis assistance.
  • Weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

General Program Requirements

The LIHEAP program in your community determines if your household's income qualifies for the program.

You must be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania and you must need financial assistance with home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1$17,820
2$24,030
3$30,240
4$36,450
5$42,660
6$48,870
7$55,095
8$61,335


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 program.

Application Process

To apply for LIHEAP online, please visit the COMPASS website.

To apply, please contact your local county assistance office.

Program Contact Information

Visit the Pennsylvania LIHEAP page to learn more. You may also download the General Information about LIHEAP document.

For detailed information on LIHEAP assistance, please contact your: