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Government Benefits

Child Care Works
1-877-472-5437
If you are concerned about the cost of quality child care, Child Care Works may be able to help.  Working parents may be eligible for assistance for child care expenses if they meet income guidelines.  View income and other guidelines to see if you may be eligible.

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
If you are a working parent who needs health coverage for your children, but you make too much for Medical Assistance to cover them, apply for CHIP.  View information about this program and information on the two providers--Capital Blue Cross and Highmark Blue Shield.

Disability Information
View information about disability.

Food Stamp Program 
This program helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

General Assistance

GA provides money primarily to single individuals and childless couples who do not have enough income to meet their needs as a result of circumstances that prevent them from working. 

Health Choices

Offers medically necessary mental health and drug & alcohol services to Medical Assistance eligible children and adults.  Individuals are offered a choice of providers for needed mental health or drug & alcohol services.

Healthy Beginnings

State funded payment program for medical services for children birth to 18 years of age with or without medical coverage; prenatal/postnatal care for mothers.  Based on income; must apply.  Call the Lehigh County Assistance office to apply: 610-821-6503.

Lehigh County Assistance Office

555 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109
610-821-6509
Cash assistance, medical Assistance insurance (ACCESS card), food stamps, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), job training programs, SSI advocacy.
Helpline for welfare benefits information: 1-800-692-7462
Helpline for Medical Assistance information: 1-800-842-2020

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD): 1-800-692-7462.  This is a program which allows individuals with disabilities to be employed, earn more money, and still keep their medical assistance coverage.  Must Meet eligibility guidelines specific to each program.

Lehigh County Social Security Office
Find your local office.  

Medicaid
View information on the Medicaid program.

Medical Assistance
View information on Medical Assistance and how to apply through the Mental Health/Disabled Child Loophole.

PA Department of Public Welfare
1-800-922-9384
Child Support Enforcement Helpline: 1-800-932-0211
Office of Income Maintenance: 717-787-1894
Office of Medical Assistance Programs: 717-787-1870
Welfare Helpline: 1-800-692-7462

PA Health Law Project
1-800-274-3258
Advocates access for persons with disabilities to consumer-directed health services and assists with issues regarding Medical Assistance.  This web site offers information on how to apply for MA for children through the mental health loophole, "Getting Medical Assistance for a Child (under 21) with a Severe Disability, Mental Illness or Behavioral Disorder".

Property Tax/Rent Rebate 
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been dramatically expanded to give more older and disabled Pennsylvanians rebates while increasing the amounts of the rebate.  View information on this program and see if you qualify.

Refugee Cash Assistance Program
717-346-1094
Cash assistance may be available under the Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) program for refugees who do not meet Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility requirements.  RCA is a federally-funded case assistance program that may be provided for eight months from the date of entry into the U.S.

Social Security
View information on Social Security programs.  View information on Benefits for Children with Disabilities.

State Blind Pension Program
Provides blind pension benefits for certain residents of Pennsylvania who meet visual requirements and other conditions of eligibility.  Benefits include a cash payment and medical benefits.  Apply at the Lehigh County Assistance Office.

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)
Provides money for dependent children who are deprived of financial support from their parents as a result of death, absence, incapacity or unemployment of one or both of their parents.  Contact the
Lehigh County Assistance Office.

Unemployment Compensation
610-821-6735

This is a recorded information about applying for unemployment.  You can speak to a person to submit a UC Appeal in person at the Career Link offices.

Unemployment Hotline
1-888-313-7284
This is a hotline that helps unemployed Pennsylvanians.  Staff help people file for benefits and answer questions.  The hotline is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:00am-8:30pm and from 9:00am-4:30pm on Sundays.

Welfare Helpline
1-800-692-7462
Information regarding financial assistance, medical assistance, food stamps and energy assistance (run by state of PA).