Poverty

CPBB chartIssue Spotlight: The War on Poverty at 50

It has been 50 years since the United States began the War on Poverty. Much progress has been made, but much remains to be done.

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Commentary: It's time to renew our War on Poverty

Resources on the War on Poverty's 50th Anniversary

Recession Fallout: Poverty Rates Up, Median Income Down from 2007 to 2012 in Many Parts of PA

Blog: Don't Give Up The Fight

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August 1, 2012

"Cutting the General Assistance Program was penny wise but pound foolish," Sharon Ward said on the program. "It's bad for the individuals, but it also means that we're going to see an increase in demand for more costly services — we're going to see more people in homeless shelters, more people on the street, more people in emergency rooms, and more people in jails instead of recovery."

August 1, 2012

Pennsylvania ended cash assistance today for very poor residents who cannot work and don’t qualify for other assistance, joining many other states that have scaled back or eliminated their General Assistance programs even as the need has grown.

July 3, 2012

The newly enacted Human Services Block Grant pilot program will be instituted in up to 20 counties. We have the details.

July 3, 2012

The General Assembly has adopted a Welfare Code bill that eliminates the General Assistance Program, affecting close to 69,000 vulnerable Pennsylvanians. It also includes several other provisions that will make it harder for low-income individuals with high health needs to access health care services and for low-income mothers to find work.

June 29, 2012

The plan largely resembles a Senate-passed budget, spending below 2008-09 levels. It excludes plans to block grant education funding and county human services. Get line item details, funding by school district and more.

June 26, 2012

While policymakers decline to restore more funds to human services or preserve life-saving programs like General Assistance, they are using limited taxpayer dollars to give additional tax breaks to businesses and subsidies to private schools.

May 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a $27.6 billion budget plan today by a vote of 39-8. The plan improves upon the budget proposed by Governor Corbett, but deep cuts to education and health services remain.

May 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a $27.6 billion budget plan that improves upon the budget proposed by Governor Corbett but is particularly disappointing in health and human services funding.

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