Diversion Cash Assistance

Berks County Assistance Office


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General Information
Description of ServiceProgram 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.
LocationBerks
Geographical AreaBerks
Intake ProcedureApply 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
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Client Information
Target PopulationLow-Income
EligibilityPregnant 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
 
Fees or Charges
Types of FeesNone
 
Availability
Hours of Operation Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Contact Information
 
Contact's Phone 610-736-4211
Physical Site Address 1 625 Cherry Street
Physical Site City, State, Zip Reading, PA 19602
Main Phone 610-736-4211
Other Phone 877-395-8930 Statewide Customer Service Center
Fax 610-736-4004
Web Address www.dhs.pa.gov
 
 
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Affiliated Program: Berks County Assistance Office
This Service: Diversion Cash Assistance
 
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance (NT-8900)