Benefits and Public Services
Everyone needs help sometimes. Whether you're struggling to put food on the table, need assistance making rent for the next month or just don't know how to make ends meet, there are programs to help you provide for your family. To contact a benefits program or to find out if you qualify, see the information below.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Welfare has information about what services you may be eligible for, as well as information about how to apply.
- The COMPASS website allows you to check your eligibility and apply for benefits online.
- This list of county assistance offices in Pennsylvania provides contact information for sites across the state where you can apply in-person.
- The Health and Human Services Portal provides information about services for children, families, adults and older adults. You can also search their online database of agencies.
- The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program (sometimes called "cash assistance") provides money to assist pregnant women and dependent children and their caregivers. Even if you are not eligible for TANF or have recently become ineligible for TANF, there are still public services, such as WIC and SNAP, that you may be eligible for. Be sure to speak to a case worker about benefits you can still receive.
- The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helps women who are pregnant or new mothers afford infant formula, milk and other nutritious foods.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program (sometimes called "foodstamps") assists low-income families in purchasing nutritional food.
- Child Care Works is a program that will pay a portion of your childcare costs if your family meets certain income criteria.
- The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh has a Women's Resource Center that can help you access benefits in Allegheny County. Their case managers can help you determine your eligibility for public service programs and connect you to the resources that you need.