From Senator Katie Muth (D-44). Senator Muth has proposed Emergency Relief Legislation, now needed because the R majority in Harrisburg abolished the General Assistance program. From Chester County, Senators Dinniman (D-19) and Kearney (D-26) are co-sponsors. Download the text of the bill here. See more, including video of Senator Muth’s presentation of the bill to the Senate, here.
The elimination of the General Assistance (GA) program was cruel and left hundreds of Pennsylvanians without a lifeline to afford necessities. Not only was GA eliminated, but there was no plan of action to replace the program and provide new assistance to those who relied on it.
Since the elimination of GA, I have introduced SB799, which creates an Emergency Relief program designed to help Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable and impoverished populations who had previously received support.
The program would provide an average of $200 per month for a person to pay for various necessities, such as transportation, rent, bills, toiletries, medications, and laundry.
The assistance would specifically go to people with disabilities who cannot work, people in treatment for a substance use disorder, orphaned children cared for by neighbors or friends, people fleeing domestic violence, qualified veterans or people caring for someone with a disability.
I ask other elected officials: If you are not here to help the most vulnerable among us, who are you in office to serve?