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Rally to save DPW’s Greater Pittsburgh East Office in East Liberty!

Rally to save DPW GPEThe state’s Department of Public Welfare is planning to close the Greater Pittsburgh East Office.

All clients will be forced to go to the McKeesport office starting May 2.

For a Greater Pittsburgh East CAO client to get to McKeesport – depending on their neighborhood – it would require:

  • at least 2 buses taking at least 1.5 hours for a one-way trip, assuming the buses run perfectly on time;
  • at least $5 for a one-way bus trip – typical fare is $9.

This will affect 20,000 households receiving SNAP/food stamps, not to mention those getting medical assistance.

There are better alternatives!

DPW needs to take their struggling clients into account. They must make a commitment to easing access to help during hard times, not make it even harder.

Join Just Harvest, SEIU Local 668, and Action United at the rallies on Tuesday, April 1!

Greater Pittsburgh East
5947 Penn Avenue, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
County Assistance Office Headquarters
301 Fifth Avenue, Piatt Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

SEIU Local 668 will also be holding rallies at:

Southeast District
220 Sixth Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
Alle-Kiski District
909 Industrial Blvd
New Kensington, PA 15068

Can’t make the rallies? Join the Twitter Storm from 12-1pm on Tuesday:

Sample Tweets
Closing the Greater Pittsburgh East CAO will hurt 20,000 families

DPW is creating #BarrierstoBenefits by closing Greater Pittsburgh East CAO #seiu668

Making it harder to help families in tough times only hurts families in need

2 buses + 2 fares + 2 hours = TOO MUCH!


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Just Harvest news release

BREAKING NEWS: Major Victory! DPW Reverses Decision to Relocate Greater Pittsburgh East CAO to McKeesport

This afternoon, DPW Deputy Secretary Lourdes Padilla announced that it had reversed its decision to close the Greater Pittsburgh East CAO effective April 1. Rallies will continue as planned to ensure that DPW finds a new location within two miles of the old location that is accessible via public transportation and centrally located.

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Just Harvest news release

News Release: Just Harvest and SEIU Local 668 Rally to Save the Greater Pittsburgh East County Assistance Office

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) plans to close the Greater Pittsburgh East County Assistance Office (CAO) and relocate its workers to McKeesport, PA, creating considerable hardship for the working families the CAO serves. SEIU Local 668, the union representing the majority of its employees, and Just Harvest, an anti-poverty, anti-hunger nonprofit to organize rallies […]

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Just Harvest community meeting

Join Just Harvest in fighting for a better Department of Public Welfare!

Too many struggling Pennsylvanians cannot get the help they’re eligible for from the state’s Department of Public Welfare. We are working to press state officials for critical improvements in DPW customer service to resolve these long-standing and systemic issues. Join us for a meeting on Wednesday to plan the next steps in this campaign.

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