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​Number of Individuals Enrolled in DHS Benefits Programs


* Total count of recipients enrolled in any type of welfare assistance program at any time during August 2019. 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 24.7 percent of Pennsylvania citizens. In the column on the right, you will find 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.


Total Applications Received

Sept 2018
​Oct 2018
​Nov 2018
​Dec 2018
​Jan 2019
​Feb 2019
​262,923
​302,502
​293,006
​274,659
​295,047
​232,901
March 2019
​April 2019
​May 2019
​June 2019
​July 2019
​Aug 2019
​282,504
​280,181
​275,025
​264,955
​296,286
​298,107


Total Applications Processed

Sept 2018
​Oct 2018
​Nov 2018
​Dec 2018
​Jan 2019
​Feb 2019
​211,872
248,203
235,745
236,495
​257,067
210,554
March 2019
​April 2019
​May 2019
​June 2019
​July 2019
​Aug 2019
228,497​
238,387
231,447
212,053
​244,172
238,354

Total Applications Approved

Sept 2018
​Oct 2018
​Nov 2018
​Dec 2018
​Jan 2019
​Feb 2019
​124,207
143,507
132,427
129,337
144,481
117,491
March 2019
​April 2019
​May 2019
​June 2019
​July 2019
​Aug 2019
138,285​
144,197
137,722
128,035
145,089
143,345

Total Applications Rejected

Sept 2018
​Oct 2018
​Nov 2018
​Dec 2018
​Jan 2019
​Feb 2019
​87,665
104,696
103,318
107,158
112,586
93,063
March 2019
​April 2019
​May 2019
​June 2019
​July 2019
​Aug 2019
90,212
94,190
93,725
84,018
99,083
95,009

The Department of Human Services 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.