Archive | Barriers to Benefits

Just Harvest community meeting

Join Just Harvest in fighting for a better Department of Public Welfare!

Too many struggling Pennsylvanians cannot get the help they’re eligible for from the state’s Department of Public Welfare. We are working to press state officials for critical improvements in DPW customer service to resolve these long-standing and systemic issues. Join us for a meeting on Wednesday to plan the next steps in this campaign.

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Colbert Report

Is CBS the new FOX? Setting the record straight on welfare fraud, Part 1

We at Just Harvest were very pleased with all the serious and sorely needed national news coverage of our October 30 public meeting with the head of the Department of Public Welfare. Unfortunately, this was soon followed by a CBS “news” piece on an anonymous DPW whistleblower perpetuating the worst kinds of myths about welfare.

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Is the DPW the new DMV?

Is the DPW the new DMV?

For years, Just Harvest has been helping Allegheny County residents overcome the obstacles they encounter when applying for public benefits at the County Assistance Offices. Despite our continued efforts to raise these systematic problems as a public concern, very little has been done by the state’s Department of Public Welfare to address these chronic issues. […]

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cartoon of person in waiting room

Pennsylvania vs. food stamps

The following op-ed appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 8, 2013  The Corbett administration is denying and delaying benefits For anyone who has sat in the waiting room of a welfare office, or spent day after day trying to get an actual caseworker on the phone, it’s not a shock to hear that Pennsylvania now ranks […]

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