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Schuylkill County

Assistance Office

 2640 Woodglen Road

Pottsville, PA 17901


1-877-306-5439 Toll Free

Fax: 570-624-3334



Monday–Friday 8:30am–5:00pm




The Office of Income Maintenance administers PA Public Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid through eligibility programs at the County Assistance Office in each of the sixty-seven (67) counties. The County Assistance Office determines eligibility administers the programs and provides information and referral to human services programs that offer services throughout the County.

Program Name: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)            Contact: Help Desk

This is a federally funded program, which helps individuals and families meet the cost of purchasing food items. As in cash assistance, benefits are provided through Electronic Benefits Transfer. They are redeemable at participating food stores using EBT cards, which operates similar to our ATM card. Persons interested in this service must apply in their county of residence. The amount of benefits received is based on the household size and net income. 65

Program Name: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program       Contact: Energy Assistance

This program provides help in meeting the cost of heating fuel during the winter months based on specific eligibility criteria. Availability of application forms and the annual start date of this service are announced in various news media.

Program Name: Cash Assistance                                                       Contact: Help Desk
(Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/TANF)                               570-621-3000

This federally funded cash welfare program is intended to provide cash assistance and other supports to pregnant women and families with children under the age of eighteen (18). TANF requirements emphasize personal responsibility in moving from welfare to work and provide support for this transition. There are specific work requirements and a sixty (60) month lifetime limit.

Program Name: Medicaid                                                                  Contact: Help Desk

There are a variety of Medicaid programs with differing requirements and benefit levels to meet the needs of Schuylkill County residents. Coverage varies depending on program and age eligibility. Income and resources limits must be met with the exception of resources of households with members under twenty-one (21).

Program Name: Long Term Care                                                       Contact: Joan Stoudt

Monthly payments to help meet the cost of nursing home care are made for individuals who meet the income and resource levels. There are some provisions to protect the income and resources of the spouse still in the community.

Program Name: Emergency Shelter Assistance                                  Contact: Charles Harding

Schuylkill County Assistance Office makes cash payments to those eligible to help meet emergency problems causing an inability to meet housing costs. This aid is meant to prevent eviction, and help obtain housing in an emergency or secure temporary shelter. Help is available to both Public Assistance, and non-Public Assistance households.

Program Name: Special Pharmaceutical                                             Contact: Rebecca Teter
Benefit Program 570-621-3021

Information and application forms are available at Schuylkill CAO for this program, which is administered by the Department of Public Welfare in Harrisburg. The cost of drugs used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS is met through this resource. 66

Program Name: Road to Economic Self-Sufficiency                         Contact: Karen Stohn/ Joe Cuthie
through Employment and Training (RESET)                570-621-3036/ 621-3018

RESET is designed to enable recipients of Cash Assistance, within the constraints of available funds, to secure permanent full-time jobs that can establish a work history with wages and benefits that lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency. As a condition of eligibility for cash assistance every individual who is not exempt must seek employment, accept any bona fide offer of employment, and maintain employment and earnings. Those who do not comply with RESET without good cause may be sanctioned.

Special Allowances for supportive services are available to clients who are enrolled in RESET, have an approved Agreement of Mutual Responsibility Form, and are actively participating in an approved activity in order to enable them to accept or continue employment. Special Allowances may be authorized for items such as child care, transportation, automobile-related expenses, tools, equipment, books and supplies as well as test fees and registration fees. Limited allowances are also provided to SNAP recipients under certain circumstances.

Program Name: State Blind Pension                                      Contact: Help Desk
Caseworker 570-621-3000

The Commonwealth provides Blind Pension benefits for certain residents of Pennsylvania who meet visual requirements and other conditions of eligibility. The maximum SBP payment is one hundred dollars ($100.00) monthly and includes receipt of some Medicaid benefits.

Management Directory
Brian Hallick, Executive Director, 570-624-3300
Vicki Schaffer, Income Maintenance Administrator I, 570-621-3008
Joan Stoudt, Income Maintenance Administrator I, 570-621-3007

“Equal Opportunity Service Provider”