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Family Services Help


Every Pennsylvanian should be able to care for his or her family, even in the toughest of economic times. There are dozens of programs to make sure that every family has a safe place to live, is able to see a doctor when they need to and can put nutritious food on the table and in their lunchboxes. Pennsylvanians can figure out if they qualify and apply for many of these programs online, in private through COMPASS. It's an online application for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human services programs.

Additional Resources



PA Rx Price Finder

The cost for prescription medications can vary greatly from one pharmacy to another. Enter your Zip code and the name of prescribed medicine to get a list of local pharmacies with price comparisons. Learn more...

Cope with heating expenses

With a little knowledge and a little action, you can be protected from the cold and your heat can last all winter. Financial help may be available to you as well. Learn more...

Feed your family

Pennsylvania leads all states in providing food assistance for the needy under the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP). SFPP provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low income individuals. The program is intended to supplement the efforts of food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, feeding programs, shelters for the homeless and similar organizations to reduce hunger. Learn more...

Food stamps are used to buy food and help low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing the food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets for all eligible participants. If you do not have enough money to buy food for yourself and your family, you can receive a Pennsylvania Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card. This card works like a bank debit card and allows you to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets. Learn more...

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Sign-up for low-cost children’s health insurance through Pennsylvania’s CHIP program. Learn more...

Child Care Help

Working parents may be eligible for help with child care expenses if they meet the income guidelines. Learn more...

Adult Health Care Coverage

Find out if you qualify for help paying for health care services. Learn more ...

Woman Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition services in a supportive environment. The Goal of the WIC Program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of children during critical stages of growth and development. WIC has played a critical role in building a better future for children in Pennsylvania. Learn more...

Vaccines For Children

The program provides a source of funding for a large percentage of our nation's children and will promote implementation of new vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The VFC program saves parents and enrolled providers more than $600 per child in out-of-pocket expenses for vaccines. Learn more...

Safe Haven

ALL HOSPITALS in Pennsylvania are Safe Havens. They are there to protect your baby if you are not able to care for the baby properly. All you have to do is bring your newborn (up to 28 days old) to a hospital and drop it off. That’s all. As long as the baby is unharmed and not a victim of any crime, you will not be in any trouble. Learn more...

Veterans’ Services

There are programs for families of active duty personnel, Persian Gulf veterans, older and disabled veterans, and many others. Learn more...

The Veterans Emergency Assistance Program

financial aid in an emergency – on a temporary basis – to veterans and their beneficiaries, who reside in Pennsylvania for the necessities of life such as food, shelter, fuel or clothing. Learn more...

The Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension Program

A pension of $150 per month for veterans that served in the military honorably and suffered an injury or disease resulting in the loss or loss of use of two or more extremities. Learn more...

The Blind Veterans’ Pension Program

A pension of $150 per month for veterans that suffered a service-related injury or incurred a disease which resulted in loss of vision. Learn more...

The Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption Program

Allows any honorably discharged 100 percent total service-connected disabled veteran who is a resident of the commonwealth to be exempt from the payment of all real estate taxes levied upon any building, including the land upon which it stands, occupied by them as their principal dwelling. Learn more...

The Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Program

Allows for compensation to be paid to eligible service members as well as certain surviving relatives of deceased veterans who served in Desert Shield/Storm during August 2, 1990 – August 31, 1991. Learn more...

The Military Family Relief Assistance Program

Provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of military service. Learn more...

The State Veterans Home System

Offers veterans six extended care facilities located in Erie, Pittsburgh, Hollidaysburg, Scranton, Spring City and Philadelphia. The level of care provided includes personal care, skilled nursing care, domiciliary care, and dementia care. Learn more...

Unclaimed property

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property from abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, checks that have not been cashed, certificates of deposit, life insurance policies, safe deposit boxes and other sources. We maintain custody of this unclaimed property, while working hard to return it to its rightful owners. Learn more...

Quit Smoking

Join an online community of fellow smokers trying to kick the habit. Learn more...

Services for People with Disabilities

In 2008, Pennsylvania was approved for a first-of-its-kind federal waiver program to provide home and community based services specifically for adults with autism. The $20 million-a-year waiver program, which is expected to serve up to 200 individuals 21 years of age and older with autism, was approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to its approval, no dedicated services existed for adults with autism in Pennsylvania. Learn more...

Help for Victims of Crime

If you, or a loved one, needs help and assistance in the aftermath of a crime, including (but not limited to) domestic violence, homicide, sexual assault, or elder abuse, there are services available to you. Learn more...

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