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Program is designed for people with dependent children (or a pregnant women) who have a break in employment or other income for some reason, i.e. layoff, waiting for Unemployment to start, waiting for another job to start (an interruption in income, rather than no income to support self or family). This program eliminates the need to go on public assistance or TANF on an ongoing basis.
The applicant must have a self-supporting income within the past 90 days of application and must be expecting income that would eliminate the need for ongoing TANF. This is a one-time payment program to bridge a gap in income. Payment is usually around $600-$1500 depending on household size and financial responsibilities.
Apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us, walk-in or call for application; Eligibility can't be determined by phone; Case worker assigned will send out face-to-face appointment notice
Pregnant women or families with children under 18 or 18 attending secondary school; Head of household must meet specified relative requirements (related to child) and must have a financial need that if met would eliminate the need for cash assistance