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Bridging Pittsburgh’s Haves And Have-Nots Begins By Learning ‘How A Neighborhood Breathes’

“Federal agriculture officials have proposed stricter work requirements for people who receive food stamps. Ann Sanders, public policy advocate for the South Side-based anti-hunger group Just Harvest, strongly opposes the law, as does the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services….”

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Publish Date: 04-02-2019

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Megan HArris, Kiley Koscinski, and Julia Zenkevich

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Advocates tell feds: Proposed change to food stamp rule would be harmful

“Armed with both shared laptop computers and old-fashioned paper comment cards and pens, about 20 people gathered in the basement of the Allegheny County Human Services Building in Downtown last week to speak out against a proposed federal rule change to the food stamp program….”

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Publish Date: 03-25-2019

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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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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Publish Date: 01-28-2019

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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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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Publish Date: 01-22-2019

News Outlet: Governing

Author: Mattie Quinn

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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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Publish Date: 01-16-2019

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA Gov. Wolf signs anti-welfare fraud measure: critics say it will hurt the poor

“Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law with a broad array of measures that supporters say will deter fraud in public assistance programs but that critics say are overly putative measures that will hurt the poor and do little to prevent fraud….”

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Publish Date: 10-26-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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