Here’s what a new client had to say about us after we helped him. His food stamps had been terminated through no fault of his own – an all too common occurrence.
Tag Archives | Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
We are happy to now have on board six dedicated individuals with strong backgrounds in research and service who are bringing a burst of new energy to our efforts.
A bill changing the name of the PA Department of Public Welfare is making it’s way through the state legislature. But a new amendment to the bill will undo what advocates sought to accomplish.
Earlier this month, several Just Harvest staff met with Department of Public Welfare top officials. We discussed progress the DPW had made on our list of demands regarding critically-needed customer service improvements.
The PA Auditor General release an audit today of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) finding that the DPW put benefits on 138 ACCESS cards associated with the Social Security numbers of deceased individuals. The Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians (CLIP), which includes Just Harvest, issued the following response.
Just Harvest has been working hard to improve DPW’s treatment of those in need. With you at our side, sharing ideas and speaking out, we’ve made a lot of progress. Read this recap on the campaign thus far and find out what’s happening next.
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:
220 Sixth Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
909 Industrial Blvd
New Kensington, PA 15068
Can’t make the rallies? Join the Twitter Storm from 12-1pm on Tuesday:
Closing the Greater Pittsburgh East CAO will hurt 20,000 families Tweet #SaveGPE
DPW is creating #BarrierstoBenefits by closing Greater Pittsburgh East CAO #seiu668 Tweet #SaveGPE
Making it harder to help families in tough times only hurts families in need Tweet #SaveGPE
2 buses + 2 fares + 2 hours = TOO MUCH! Tweet #SaveGPE
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.
Here are this month’s highlights from the federal, state, and local policy issues we work on: expanding tax credits for low-income workers; the Food Security Partnership’s work to close the hunger gap; bringing caseworkers and clients together to improve DPW customer service.
The state’s Department of Public Welfare is planning to close the Greater Pittsburgh East CAO, which serves more people in need than any other office in the county. Join us at four rallies tomorrow at 11:30am to make sure the message to DPW is clear: put people first!