Use this letter but modify as it was written in February before the House and Senate Appropriations committees held hearings on the proposed Department of Public Welfare budget:
Dear Sen. or Rep.:
As a member of the (House/Senate), you are
aware of Gov. Corbett's proposal to eliminate funding for the General
Assistance program from the state budget. This $30 million is an
important lifeline for our Commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens.
These include children living with an unrelated adult; sick or
disabled adults; domestic violence survivors, who often have only
recently escaped a dangerous situation; and those adults trying to
make major life changes by participating in a D&A treatment program.
I urge you to maintain this valuable program, which provides, on
average, $205 a month to our neediest neighbors. Without these funds,
more will suffer and will face the possibility of homelessness and
destitution, putting additional strain on religious instituions and social service
agencies that are already under great pressure due to the economy.
My views are shared by other members of the Unitarian Universalist
Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network, as well as dozens of other
religious organizations who are part of the statewide coalition PA
Cares for All. Please vote to ensure the future of General Assistance.
FYI UUPLANERS: Here are some stats from pacaresforall.org on the top 10 counties and how many received GA as of feb 2012. If you live in one of these counties, please try to send a couple of letters:
1. Philadelphia 34,843
2. Allegheny 6,091
3. Delaware, 1,777
4. Erie 1,776
5. Berks 1,594
6. Lancaster, 1,518
7. Montgomery, 1,458
8. Luzerne, 1,287
9. Westmoreland 1,088
10. Bucks, 1,055