Pennsylvania Resources

To find out about key benefits and services in Pennsylvania and how to apply, select from the topics below.

Key State Contacts

  • State Refugee Coordinator

Charlotte Fry

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  • State Refugee Health Coordinator

Leena Anil

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Cash & Food Assistance

Cash assistance available to residents who enter the U.S. under humanitarian protection with low incomes.

Apply online at COMPASS

Federal nutrition program

Apply online at COMPASS

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency.

Apply online at COMPASS

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five.

A federal program supporting participants to attain self-sufficiency within 240 days (8 months) of arrival in the United States through financial, case management, and employment supports

A program that provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.

Refugee & Newcomer Health

The Refugee Health Program works with commonwealth-selected medical providers to ensure that all refugees receive an initial health assessment to identify and treat health conditions or health-related issues that could get in the way of successful resettlement.

Provider directory

Accessing Health Care

Apply online at COMPASS

  • Refugee Medical Assistance

Apply online at COMPASS

Pennsylvania’s program to provide health coverage to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Persons with Disabilities

The PA Link to Community Care website is designed to help persons with disabilities and seniors find information that will connect them to supports and services in their community.

Works to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities


Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older. You’re first eligible to sign up for Medicare three months before you turn 65.

Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

The PA Link to Community Care website is designed to help persons with disabilities and seniors find information that will connect them to supports and services in their community.

The Social Security program in the United States provides protection against the loss of earnings due to retirement, death, or disability.

Children's Health

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Mental Health

Programs and resources, eligibility, and network of care

Mental health resources for refugees

Assistance with Housing Costs

Heating Assistance/Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Helps residents maintain housing stability

Call 211 (24/7) to speak to a Community Resource Specialist

Housing Counseling

HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low-cost advice.

Call 800-569-4287

Employment services through the resettlement network

Contracted refugee employment service providers

Other employment services

World Education Services (WES) is a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students.

The Welcoming Center promotes economic growth through immigrant integration.

The Matching Grant program helps refugees and other ORR-eligible populations overcome barriers and quickly find jobs. The intent is for refugees to become economically self-sufficient through employment within 240 days and without accessing cash assistance programs.


Information and resources about obtaining a driver’s license or state ID

Provides Social Security numbers and administers retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits, and enrolls individuals in Medicare


Free, personalized learning in Allegheny and Beaver Counties

Opportunities for success through lifelong learning and learning for life

Free classes and programs for families and the community at-large


If you are looking for help to pay childcare expenses, or if you need help figuring out how to care for and educate your young child, Child Care Works can help.

You can find childcare providers near your home or workplace using the Online Child Care Provider Search database.

Early Childhood Education

Through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Pennsylvania is helping our children, families, teachers, and communities reach their promise.

Head Start is primarily a federally funded program that provides education, health and social services to families with children aged 3, 4, and 5

K-12 Education

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) provides assistance to public schools across Pennsylvania who serve students in kindergarten through grade 12. The office works with educators, legislators, government agencies, organizations, and communities across Pennsylvania to ensure students have access to a high-quality education, regardless of their zip code.

Pennsylvania’s Refugee Education Program offers advocacy for a special population of students and parents who otherwise may not have supports.

Adult Education

The Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education oversees Adult Education, College and Career Education, Veterans Education, and the Institute for Law Enforcement Education.

Welcome Corps

Report cases of fraud (for example, individuals asking for money in exchange for becoming a private sponsor or to assist in submitting an application)

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Pennsylvania’s Attorney General’s working rights handbook

Violence, Human Trafficking, and Exploitation

The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services has created this site as an information portal to share and coordinate statewide efforts to combat human trafficking.