Bucks County public assistance.

Public assistance and government benefits can be provided to qualified low income families in Bucks County from the Health and Human Services division. The office administrates numerous programs that are funded by the federal government or state of Pennsylvania. They deliver financial aid, social services, and self-sufficiency type programs to those that are less fortunate. Health and Human Services runs several Bucks County administered programs or partners with local non-profits as noted below.

The Divisional Office works with local non-profits and public and private agencies. They identify barriers and challenges that are being faced by those that are struggling. Some of the grant programs that are available in the county are noted below, and the division may be able to offer referrals to those that need help.

A Homeless Assistance Program can help with paying rent and preventing evictions. There may also be shelters or short term, transitional housing offered. Two other options are the Human Service Development Fund Grants and also the Behavioral Health Services. Both of these are part of the Health Choices Program and can address certain medical needs. More information on these or referrals may be offered at the county human service office.

The Health and Human Services division works collaboratively to coordinate public assistance and programming for efficient and effective service delivery. Case managers advocate for the poor, disabled, and low income.

Bucks County Area Agency on Aging plans and implements a wide variety of resources and assistance programs for older adults, the disabled, and seniors. The county serves as the local agent of the PA Department of Aging. While they perform a number of tasks, one of their primary goals is to provide comprehensive services to help adults age 60+ maintain independence in their communities and their homes. The main priority of the office is on helping consumers that have the greatest needs and fewest resources available to them.




Almost 30 different programs and services are offered by the Area Agency on Aging. Some examples of what is offered in Bucks County includes home-delivered meals, in-home personal care and support services, family caregiver support, low cost transportation, and adult day care. Qualified seniors may also get assistance such as legal assistance, health insurance counseling, adult protective services, health promotion programs and ombudsman services. Seniors in the community can also learn about prescription medication assistance from the PACE program or inquire into the Rent and Property Tax Rebate Program.

A number of other public assistance programs are available for those that qualify. Examples of them are noted below.

  • Disability benefits and resources include Assistive Technology, Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services, and Information on Long Term Care.
  • Financial aid may be available for the very low income for Burial and Cremation Payments or federal government funded TANF cash assistance. Housing may also be available.
  • Utility programs are also offered to the public that meet qualifications. Examples include Heating Assistance / LIHEAP and Telephone Programs.
  • Medical assistance in Bucks County may include Medicaid applications and information on pharmaceuticals.
  • Other social services range from Domestic Violence Crisis and Prevention to Legal Aid.
  • Food vouchers may be offered from SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutritional Program.
  • Information on federal government benefits. The county can provide details on a variety of options, including one stop job centers, unemployment compensation, and much more.

For more information, the Bucks County Human Service Office is generally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Staff from the location can advice those that qualify on their options and help people apply for government aid. The main number is 215-348-6201.




By Jon McNamara

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