VETERANS TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE

Purpose:  Provide temporary financial assistance to Veterans and their beneficiaries who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life (food, dairy, shelter, fuel and clothing).

Veterans’ Eligibility Criteria:

  • A person who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, who:
    • Was discharged under honorable conditions after a period of active duty, other than active duty for training, as evidenced by a DD Form 214 or other official documentation, or
    • Died in service or was killed in action, or
    • Suffered a service-connected disability as certified by the United States Veterans’ Administration.

Need for Temporary Assistance Criteria:

  • Financial circumstances temporarily resulting in insufficient funds to pay for shelter and necessities of living for the Veteran and family, when:
    • A Veteran is temporarily unable to provide the necessities of living and has a direct and immediate need for assistance.  The assistance must be essential and not for the relief of an inconvenience, or the purchase of goods or services other than necessities of living, and,
    • Caused by temporary loss of income, assets or support due to sickness, disability, unemployment, natural or manmade disaster or other cause beyond the control of, and not as a result of, misconduct by the applicant or,
    • Caused by a temporary increase in costs or expenses beyond the control of, and not as a result of misconduct by, the applicant resulting in insufficient funds to pay for necessities of living.
  • They are eligible Veterans or unmarried surviving spouses of deceased eligible Veterans.
  • They are bona fide residents of Pennsylvania who permanently reside in this Commonwealth and who maintain a legal residence in no other state for any purpose.
  • They are not receiving sufficient monetary assistance from any state or federal agency based on the need for temporary assistance described in the application.
  • Applicants may be receiving food stamps and still qualify for temporary assistance under these guidelines.
  • Applicants must show that other funds or resources are not available to address the need for temporary assistance.
  • They demonstrate a clear and present direct and immediate need for temporary assistance in order to provide themselves and their families with shelter and the necessities of living.

Payments:  If eligible, a Veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for an amount not to exceed $1,600 in a twelve month period.

Legislation:  51 PA Consolidated Statutes Chapter 17

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

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • A temporary loss of income, assets or support due to sickness, disability, unemployment, natural or manmade disaster or other cause beyond the control of, and not as a result of misconduct by, the applicant, or,
  • A temporary increase in costs or expenses beyond the control of, and not as a result of misconduct by, the applicant resulting in insufficient funds to pay for necessities of living.

The Following Documents are Mandatory:

  • Veteran’s DD Form 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 Pennsylvania residency.
  • 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 and allowances, annual or sick leave, income from rental property, savings, financial assistance provided by family and friends, interest and dividends.
  • Proof of expenses (i.e., shelter, clothing, health care, child support, essential furnishings, utilities, transportation, communication, food, laundry and personal care).
  • Receipts indicating current mortgage, rent and all utility payments claimed.

Transitional Provisions.  Veterans’ Emergency Assistance applications will no longer be accepted.  The Veterans Temporary Assistance (VTA) program became effective July 16, 2014.  No applicant shall receive both Veterans’ Emergency Assistance and assistance under VTA for the same month.  Contact the County Veterans’ Affairs Director in the county you reside to apply for VTA.