I know this is not going to be a popular post and i will probably be told i am wrong and a leech and a mooch and so forth. But it is the truth.
Yes, i get PA, i get snap and medicaid. I do not get everything. I don't get child care assistance, government housing ect... BTW, i do work.
So someone is living on Pa, they are in government housing and child care assistance. They find a job or get a raise, within a month, their rent goes up, and their food stamp go down and they may lose their medicaid and/or be put on share of cost, and may even lose their child care assistance.
Or you have a 1 income family and the other parent finally finds a job well the job is low paying but because of the extra income the same happen. but with the extra income they are now paying more out of pocket for childcare, food, and medical care. They are then having to choose between rent, food and child care. This is why so many mother choose to be a sahm while on PA.
This is also the reason why so many who need the help don't qualify for assistance because the income level to be able to get it is so low. The cost of living has went up but the poverty level has not.
What I am saying is that they don't give you time to save so you can be self sufficient. They try to keep you down. You people have an issue with PA or how many people who are on PA, go to the government speak with the government, don't bitch as those who are struggling because we don't like it anymore than you do.
I will give an example: about 11 year ago for about 2 month I got on cash, while my now husband then boyfriend was in-between job. I remember speaking with my mom about how much i was getting and she told me that the amount I was getting was the same amount she got after she had my older brother that was 25 year before. ( before anyone says Pa lifer. My mom was gang raped at 14 and had my brother at 15 when she met my dad who was in the military he adopted my brother and we were born she was not on PA) The amount of cashed was the same as it was 25 year prior.
You Pa hater may not believe this but this is true. If you have never had to struggle and have never had to be on PA then you do not know. More people would be able to get off of PA if they actually help you get off not make it where you are stuck on it. It is the same for some of those who are trying to go to school, but are denied benefit because they are in school.
btw, I am not a pa lifer, I have been on it for a year. After my 2 month of getting cash 11 years ago i got off of PA, i found a job and so did my husband and never got PA again until 1 year ago when circumstance arose that made it so we had to get on PA.