department-of-human-services

How Pa. nonprofits are leveraging federal funds to get food stamp recipients into jobs

BY: - July 24, 2019

For every dollar one of these nonprofits spends training someone who receives food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, they're eligible for a 50-cent reimbursement from the federal government.

House lawmakers aim to aid older foster children with free tuition, car insurance

BY: - May 14, 2019

Lawmakers in the state House said Tuesday they hope a package of bills now working its way through the chamber will help teenage foster children transition from young adulthood into maturity. “We have our own support networks in place, and we assume they’re in place for everyone,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, said at […]

‘Welfare gerrymander’? Why food stamp work requirements are back on the table

BY: - March 9, 2019

As part of sweeping changes to the welfare system in the '90s, President Bill Clinton and Congress put a work requirement on food stamps for so-called able-bodied adults who don't have children.

Pennsylvania has one of the best welfare-to-work education programs in the country. Could it help more parents?

BY: - February 27, 2019

Lisa Ortiz’s new life began the day her old one almost ended. After her partner beat her nearly to death, Ortiz lost her job with the Reading School District. She and her two young children were forced to move into a YMCA shelter. “I didn’t have anything,” she told the Capital-Star. Shelter workers told her […]

As work for welfare battle continues, Wolf admin will put a new spin on old jobs programs

BY: - February 15, 2019

State lawmakers also want stricter work requirements for food stamps.