The welfare requirements in Pennsylvania as of December 2015 include the applicant must be a legal immigrant or a U.S. citizen, pass income tests and meet certain requirements if the applicant is a non-citizen. Acceptance is not guaranteed even if the applicant meets the eligibility criteria. Applicants must be residents of the state of Pennsylvania.
There are a number of different welfare programs in Pennsylvania, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Diversion Program, the Refugee Cash Assistance Program and the State Blind Pension Program.
To meet eligibility for the cash assistance/TANF program, the applicant and his family must provide their Social Security numbers, or apply for them. The applicant is also required to participate in a training program or look for work, and complete an Agreement of Mutual Responsibility, which is a plan that outlines the steps to take to no longer depend on cash assistance.
If the applicant is looking for cash assistance for his dependent child, he must cooperate with child support and paternity requirements. The child qualifies if he is under the age of 18, or age 18 and a full-time student, and the child must live with and be cared for by the applicant.