Veterans Emergency Assistance


Purpose: Provides financial aid in an emergency and on a temporary basis (not to exceed three months in a 12-month period) to veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, shelter, fuel and clothing).

Veteran's eligibility criteria:

  • An honorably discharged veteran.
  • Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. **The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal
  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Unexpected loss of income within 180 days of application through no fault of the individual.
  • May not be on Public Assistance.
  • Must have a financial need.
  • Upon the recent death of a veteran, their spouse or orphaned children are eligible provided the veteran would have qualified prior to his/her death.
Payments: If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary is entitled to a total of three checks during a 12-month period. Rates are paid according to the number of persons in a household and the county in which they reside:
Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Pike counties
Number of persons in the household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Amount of payments 215 330 431 514 607 687

Adams, Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Centre, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Warren, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York counties
Number of persons in the household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Amount of payments 205 316 403 497 589 670

Beaver, Cameron, Carbon, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Indiana, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Venango, and Washington counties
Number of persons in the household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Amount of payments 195 305 393 479 569 647

Armstrong, Bedford, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Somerset counties
Number of persons in the household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Amount of payments 174 279 365 454 543 614

All applications are required to have verification that the applicant is not receiving monetary assistance payable under the Act of June 13, 1967 (PL 31, No 21) known as the Public Welfare Code. The application must bear the full name of the official performing the verification.

Legislation:
Statute: Chapter 85, Title 51
Procedures: Chapter 5, Title 43

Where to apply?
Contact the
County Veterans Affairs Director in the county you reside to apply for this program.

How is financial need determined?
Applicants must demonstrate they “suffered a sudden and unexpected loss of income or other source of support such that they have a direct and immediate demonstrable financial need for assistance in order to provide themselves and their families with food, shelter, clothing, required medical care and other necessities of life.” The loss must have occurred within 180 days of application.

The expenses reported must be in the category of food, shelter, clothing and required medical care of the applicant or living dependents. Funeral bills will no longer be accepted as a medical expense.

Any reported income or expense above the standard monthly expense must be accompanied by supporting documentation.

The following documents are mandatory:
  • Veterans DD-214 or Report of Separation from active military service.
  • A copy of the applicant’s marriage license and veteran’s death certificate for widows and widowers.
  • A copy of a birth certificate of the veteran’s dependent children and if applicable, a copy of court orders indicating payment of child support.
  • Proof of residency by the veteran’s tax record, employment record, voting registration or a copy of driver’s license.
  • Proof of loss of employment, if applicable, including the applicant’s termination notice from employment and last pay slip.
  • Proof of all other benefits such as unemployment compensation, education benefits, disability compensation/pension, social security, other pensions, union benefits, workman’s compensation or insurance benefits.
  • Proof of lack of other income, including employment pay & allowances, annual or sick leave, income from rental property, savings, financial assistance provided by family and friends, interest and dividends.
  • Receipts indicating current monthly mortgage, rent and all utility payments claimed.
All applications are required to have verification that the applicant is not receiving monetary assistance payable under the Act of June 13, 1967 (PL 31, No 21) known as the Public Welfare Code. The application must bear the full name of the official performing the verification.