WEST CHESTER (July 23, 2020) –  State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded constituents today that the additional $600 federal unemployment benefit will end this Saturday, July 25 unless extended by the federal government. Dinniman encouraged Pennsylvanians to look into other Pennsylvania programs to assist them through this financial difficult period. 

The Department of Labor and Industry has helped get more than $13.8 billion of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) funds to Pennsylvanians; that program, however, is set to end this Saturday. 

“While the FPUC has helped countless Pennsylvanians currently unemployed because of the pandemic, there are other options to help assist in this trying time,” Dinniman said. 

Particularly, programs available through the Department of Human Services (DHS) are available and designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians who have lost income or employment meet important and essential needs. 

Programs include: 

  • Medicaid; 
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); 
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); 
  • Child Care Works (CCW) subsidized child care; and, 
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). 

DHS also is administering benefits created specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program, which provides assistance for home energy bills, helping ensure continuity of utility and other energy services. This program will run through August 31, 2020. 

Pennsylvanians who have experienced a change in income or job loss, regardless of its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, can apply for benefits online at any time at www.compass.state.pa.us. 

While the FPUC program may end, eligible claimants waiting for a payment from claim weeks April 4 through July 25 will receive those payments.