Court turns down groups request to keep cash assistance program temporarily alive for Pa.’s poorest citizens

From: Penn Live

A last-ditch effort to temporarily salvage the state’s general assistance program failed, leaving nearly 12,000 of Pennsylvania’s poorest citizens with even less money in their pocket.

The Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and the Disability Rights Pennsylvania were denied an injunction by Commonwealth Court that would have stopped a law repealing the program from taking effect Thursday. That would have allowed the assistance to continue pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging that law’s constitutionality.

In its six-page order, the court stated that the groups failed to show that ending the general assistance would cause immediate and irreparable harm to those receiving the benefits.

The program provided about $200 a month to recipients, many of whom are childless adults with a temporary or permanent disability waiting for a Social Security Administration determination on their application for disability benefits. Recipients also included domestic abuse survivors and others who had no other source of income.

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