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ACTION ALERT: Calls urgently needed to save General Assistance

STOP ELIMINATION OF GENERAL ASSISTANCE!
TAKE ACTION ON GENERAL ASSISTANCE NOW—FULL HOUSE VOTE EXPECTED SOON

The bill that would end General Assistance — HB 33 — was passed by the PA House Health Committee on Monday, March 25 and may move quickly to the House floor for a vote.

Please contact your local legislators and tell them vote no on eliminating or cutting GA.

Call and email your local PA House member, other legislators – also your local PA Senator. Call their Harrisburg and local offices.  Please see sample script, below. 

For more information, see links below:

Also, oppose Governor Wolf’s proposal to divert GA funding to affordable housingwe need both cash assistance and housing!

General Assistance Must Not Be Eliminated nor the Funds Diverted, But Increased: Testimony to the PA Poor People’s Campaign Demands Delivery rally

Testimony of Pat Albright, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network and Global Women’s Strike/Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Demand Delivery in Harrisburg, March 19, 2019

We are here today to demand that General Assistance or GA not be cut or eliminated as proposed by Republicans, nor the funding diverted to affordable housing as proposed by Democratic Governor Wolf.  In fact, we are demanding that it be increased.  While very little, it is still a lifeline for some who are ineligible for other forms of cash assistance including through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF.  I know from personal experience, as a woman with a disability and who at the time had no children, that GA was vital to my survival after being laid off from my job in a disco light factory, until disability benefits came through.

Who would be impacted if GA were cut or the funds diverted? Some of those impacted, would include:

  • women and others leaving domestic violence situations;
  • young people trying to survive besides a life on the streets;
  • caregivers for an unrelated child;
  • people in drug or alcohol recovery programs;

And people waiting, sometimes for years, for disability benefits, including:

  • veterans;
  • people getting out of prison;
  • mothers who lost TANF when their children were put in foster care, often because of poverty;

People of color would be disproportionately impacted.

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