Groups go to court to try to keep Pa.’s cash assistance for state’s poorest residents from ending on Aug. 1

Jan Murphy | Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Organizations that assist poor and disabled individuals have turned to the courts to try to salvage the state’s cash assistance program scheduled to end next week.

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and the Disability Rights Pennsylvania filed paperwork in Commonwealth Court on Monday asking for a preliminary injunction to keep the program alive for the 11,844 poor and disabled people who came to depend on it.

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Efforts to salvage cash assistance for Pa.’s poorest citizens fail in the House

Jan Murphy | Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Legislation that seeks to end permanently a program that provides $200 in monthly general cash assistance to low-income Pennsylvanians starting on July 1 withstood six attempts to give the program at least a partial lease on life.

After a House debate on Wednesday, the bill is teed up for a vote by the full House when members return to legislative session the week of April 8.

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