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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 13, 2022 12:04 PM
From: Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, Rep. Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Emergency Relief for Our Most Vulnerable Pennsylvanians
The General Assistance (GA) program was a financial lifeline for many of our state’s most vulnerable residents. The program provided $200 on average a month to those who were unable to work, those caring for loved ones who were sick or disabled, veterans, women fleeing domestic violence and adults receiving substance use disorder treatment. This program provided assistance in paying for the basic necessities of life – things we often take for granted, such as toiletries, transportation, shelter, utilities or medication.
Unfortunately, the GA program was eliminated in 2019, severing an important lifeline that helps connect people with emergency assistance during some of the most trying times of their lives. The elimination of this program ended a vital lifeline for Pennsylvanians struggling to stay above water or get on their feet.
To address this, we will be introducing a bill to provide emergency relief to those who previously received support through GA. As state legislators, we must do all that we can to help Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable and neediest residents instead of causing irreparable harm. It is our hope that you will join us in supporting this vital legislation.

Introduced as HB705