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Fighting Hunger in Pittsburgh with Just Harvest

“Despite the great unemployment rate, many people in Pittsburgh, and around the country, are still battling hunger every day. Mangino chats with Ken Regal, the Executive Director at Just Harvest, about the Empty Bowls Dinner Fundraiser and how they’re trying to combat hunger. You’ll hear about ways they’ve helped people and ways for everyone to […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Wolf proposes converting assistance program into housing

“Gov. Tom Wolf last week proposed two separate overhauls of assistance programs for the poorest Pennsylvanians. One proposal would convert the General Assistance program — a monthly cash benefit of approximately $200 for extremely low-income adults — and put those funds toward a state housing assistance fund. The other would increase collaboration between agencies and […]

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Governing

Criminal Justice Reform Paves the Way for Welfare Reform

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, raised eyebrows in the fall by signing S.B. 6, a bill that bans felons with drug offenses and some sex offenders from receiving public benefits for 10 years. His decision contradicted the trend of states easing access to public benefits for people with criminal records….”

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shutdown means early food benefits — then a long wait

“At Carl’s Cafe in Rankin, shoppers can buy staples like cereal, rice, bread, and milk, fresh produce and frozen meats. This week, they are also getting a serving of grocery shopping advice from market owner Carl Lewis: Due to the partial federal government shutdown, customers who receive food stamp benefits will see their February benefits […]

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