The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) encompasses much more than Food Stamps and Medicaid. There are numerous federally-funded and state-only aid programs. In fact, most of the 2.7 million individuals receiving benefits are enrolled in multiple programs, as demonstrated in the chart below (prepared by DPW).
|PA Department of Public Welfare Programs and Enrollment|
Today, more than one out of every five Pennsylvanians is enrolled in at least one welfare program, yet the state’s poverty level continues to rise. It’s time to right-size the welfare system, and focus programs on serving the truly needy while encouraging independence.