The government has increased the amount of money that Pennsylvania is giving to local towns, cities, and counties. The state of Pennsylvania is reallocating funds to provide additional financial assistance to families struggling during the recession. The programs will help with expenses such as home heating bills, health insurance, foreclosures, mortgages, and job loss. The federal government is providing a lot of the money for this project as part of the Recovery Act.
The state is trying to help as many people as possible who are struggling, including the elderly, seniors, families with children, and disabled low-income Pennsylvanians. This extra government funding will stop a lot of local towns and counties in Pennsylvania from having to make cuts when more people than ever need help and are depending on public aid.
The Pennsylvania governor said that he would offer health insurance coverage to over 15,000 individuals and people who are now on a waiting list for the state-subsidized health-insurance program for lower-income adults, calling the new assistance programs and emergency funding “emergency economic relief.” In total, there are over 200,000 adults and residents on the adultBasic waiting list, with 25,000 of them being added just last month.
The Governor mentioned that there would be $5 million put into a fund that helps those who have lost their jobs and are having a difficult time finding a new one. This will help them with being able to pay their rent and mortgage. This money will be given to families in the form of vouchers and grants, which could help 550 additional families with their bills, the governor said. This will help prevent people from becoming homeless and will ensure that people have adequate shelter.
The governor said that the state’s home-heating assistance program will be extended by an additional week to help lower income residents with paying winter heating bills. This will provide an additional $6.6 million in grants.
These workshops will help people who are looking for jobs to find the best possible career for themselves. The workshops will be funded by the government and will be free for anyone who wants to attend. The state of Pennsylvania has created a website that allows residents to find the lowest prices for prescription drugs and medicines in their area.
Other types of job training are also being funded. The Pennsylvania economic relief plan will give people who are unemployed or have low-paying jobs access to job training and to programs that provide things like tax credits and grants, unemployment benefits, and help from public assistance programs. Counselors and case managers will help people prepare for and find a new job.
More money is being given to educational services by the state, including colleges and local districts. School districts in Pennsylvania are receiving financial support from the Recovery Act and other funding programs to help students pay for college and keep teachers in classrooms. Education can provide people with the skills they need to get a job and become self-sufficient.
The money will help with medical bills and expanding health care coverage. Pennsylvania is redirecting millions of dollars to assist with health care costs for the disabled, elderly and working poor families who are under the Medicaid program. Many children are now able to receive the care that they need. The money is going to help families who are in need, provide training for jobs, and improve services for people who are unemployed.