Number of People Enrolled in Department Benefit Programs

PA Citizens Enrolled in Welfare Pie Chart. People receiving benefits: 3,270,112.  People not receiving benefits: 9,532,391.

* Total count of recipients enrolled in any type of welfare assistance program at any time during March 2018. 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 25.5 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 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

Aug 2017

Sep 2017

Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Jan 2018

Feb 2018

Mar 2018

Total Applications

238,281

257,546

255,479

244,689

279,368

253,896

283,777

305,969

283,335

296,861

246,011

255,651

 

 

Welfare Applications Processed Bar Chart

     


 

 

 

Apr 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

Aug 2017

Sep 2017

Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Jan 2018

Feb 2018

Mar 2018

Applications Processed

161,850

176,666

173,386

167,265

190,173

173,932

182,689

201,799

207,003

215,149

174,102

171,747

Applications Approved

95,190

103,132

101,631

96,275

108,732

97,517

102,656

111,506

108,190

115,153

96,866

94,511

Applications Rejected

66,660

73,534

71,755

70,990

81,441

76,415

80,033

90,293

98,813

99,996

77,236

77,236

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.