Jewish Communal Leaders Applaud End to Asset Test

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The organized Jewish community had pushed hard to eliminate the asset test for people seeking to qualify for food assistance.

Some Jewish communal leaders got their wish: Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that he will eliminate the asset test for people seeking to qualify for food stamps.

Wolf's predecessor, Tom Corbett, reinstituted the test, which meant that in order to qualify for assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, people under age 60 could not have more than $5,500 in assets and seniors or disabled people could have no more than $9,000. 

Leaders of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and other nonprofit organziaitions that provide social services opposed the asset test, which went into effect about three years ago, and Wolf, a Democrat, pledged during his campaign that he would eliminate it.

"We are very pleased that the governor has ended the SNAP asset test," said Brian Gralnick, director of the Federation's Center for Social Responsibility. "When this policy was proposed several years ago, Jewish Federation led a diverse statewide coalition in advocating against it because it is counterproductive to helping individuals achieve self sufficiency, counterproductive to an efficient government and bad for Pennsylvania businesses. "

The Department of Human Services stated that the test will be eliminated on April 27, according to a news release. 

 

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