Number of People Enrolled in Department Benefit Programs

PA Citizens Enrolled in Welfare Pie Chart. People receiving benefits: 3,226,857.  People not receiving benefits: 9,575,646.

* Total count of recipients enrolled in any type of welfare assistance program at any time during March 2017. A recipient is only counted once regardless of whether they are enrolled in one or multiple programs during the month.

The Department of Human Services oversees services that offer vital support to approximately 25.2 percent of Pennsylvania citizens. Below are links that break out some of the department's most utilized programs and show enrollment numbers for each program.

 

Application for Benefits - Received and Processed

The chart and table below show the total number of applications received for all types of benefits offered by the department.

DHS Total Applications Received Statistics Line Chart 

 

 

Apr 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

Aug 2016

Sep 2016

Oct 2016

Nov 2016

Dec 2016

Jan 2017

Feb 2017

Mar 2017

Total Applications

257,167

258,967

268,716

250,598

295,370

276,774

257,743

280,789

280,036

306,203

243,128

263,831

 

 

Welfare Applications Processed Bar Chart

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Apr 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

Aug 2016

Sep 2016

Oct 2016

Nov 2016

Dec 2016

Jan 2017

Feb 2017

Mar 2017

Applications Processed

172,194

176,324

184,429

173,023

198,276

189,414

178,628

183,701

199,304

213,459

186,844

182,697

Applications Approved

101,889

102,298

106,875

99,128

114,513

105,186

98,038

100,286

105,507

113,316

102,769

103,750

Applications Rejected

70,305

74,026

77,554

73,895

83,763

84,228

80,590

83,415

93,797

100,143

84,075

78,947

Most Common Reasons Why an Application for Benefits is Rejected

  • Failure to furnish required information
  • Failure to keep appointment
  • GA Categorical Eligibility requirements not met
  • Application submitted more than once
  • Application entered in error
  • Household income exceeds eligibility limits
  • Client does not meet the definition of medically needy to be eligible for Medicaid
  • Client voluntarily withdraws their application
  • Full Time employment
  • Client's gross income, before any allowable deduction, exceeds eligibility limits
  • Client's net income, with all allowable deductions, exceeds eligibility limits
  • The amount of Unemployment Compensation client is receiving makes them ineligible
  • Other
  • Part Time employment
  • Client is already receiving Social Security Administration disability benefit

The Department of Human Services (“DHS”) does not warrant or guarantee the data provided for any purpose except its own use. Further, the data provided is only from sources available to DHS, and only purports to demonstrate the status of the data at a certain point in time. DHS is not liable or responsible for outside use of this data, or for any indirect or consequential damages which may result from the use of this data.