Cash assistance — what most people think of as welfare — makes up a small portion of DHS’ state general funds. Most benefits overseen by the department are not cash benefits. The vast majority of departmental spending provides health care, services to seniors and individuals with disabilities, and services to children and families throughout Pennsylvania.
TOTAL DHS STATE GENERAL FUNDS IS $12.14 BILLION
|CASH ASSISTANCE provided to low-income |
families accounts for $6 million, or less than
.05 percent of total DHS state general funds.
|*The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Low-Income Home |
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are federally funded and are not cash benefits.
Numbers are from Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 2018-19 General Fund Budget Request. Last updated July 18, 2018.