www.compass.state.pa.us renew your benefits

If you have a PA Compass benefits account and you would like to learn how to renew your benefits, we can help you with that information. Below is a detailed step-by-step process on how you can renew your benefits through the compass website. In addition, a lot of our readers have questions about where they can use their EBT Cards. Below are the Top 5 articles that our readers love the most and we think you will find useful.

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The first step is to log into your Compass account. Remember that Compass is the fast and easy way to apply for government benefits and assistance in Pennsylvania. For the application process, click here. You can also go here for relevant forms for applying for benefits. If you have already applied, click here to renew your benefits. When you get to the website, look for the “Renew your Benefits” as shown in the image displayed below. You will find it below the “Returning Users” section:

"PA Compass renew benefits"

Once you get to that page, you may be presented with a page that shows browser information that you need. If you have the browser version they are looking for, then click “continue” at the bottom of the page. You will get to a page that allows you to renew benefits for different needs. You can only renew one at a time and depending on which one you pick, you will need unique identification, like Social Security Number or local ID. Here are the 4 programs you can renew on the site:

1. Department of Public Welfare Benefit(s): Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) Benefits, Cash Assistance, Home and Community Based Services Waiver, Long Term Care, or Select Plan for Women

2. Pennsylvania Insurance Department Benefit(s): Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

3. Department of Public Welfare Benefit:  Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Redetermination

4. Apply for LIHEAP (Using your COMPASS Registration Number).

You will need to provide the information required before you can proceed. For example look at the renewal information below that is required for the CHIP program:

"Renew PA CHIP Insurance"

As you can see, they want you to enter the required information before you are able to sign into your account.

www.compass.state.pa.us food stamps application

If you are applying for any kind of public assistance or benefit in Pennsylvania, you will have to go through the www.compass.state.pa.us website. This includes food stamps, WIC, unemployment benefits and any state cash assistance. In this post, we are going to focus on how to apply for Food Stamps through the website. You can get complete instructions on how to apply for PA food assistance here or read below.

"PA Compass Renew Benefits"

Apply for PA Food Stamps Online

The first step is to find out if you are eligible to apply. The biggest criteria you have to review is the income limits. Here is a chart showing the income eligibility criteria based on gross monthly income for your household and also income limits for households with an elderly person or disabled member.

"PA SNAP benefits income limits"
Once you review this and are eligible, then you can follow the instructions below.

To apply, visit the COMPASS website. You will be asked to set up an account in order to submit your application. You will also be able to use this website to check the status of your application. Once you submit the application, you will be invited for an interview to review your application and also review supporting documentation on income, expenses and any exemptions you are claiming. You will be instructed on what to bring during the interview and you should make sure you bring all the documents requested so that your application is not delayed.

Once your application is approved, you will then be issued food stamps based on the number of people in your household. The higher the number of people, the more you get. You will be issued a debit card, called the EBT Card or ACCESS Card that allows you to buy food that is on the approved list. You have to make sure you don’t buy anything that is not approved, otherwise, you can lose your benefits forever.

PA Compass Food Stamp Application

If you plan on applying for food stamps in Pennsylvania (PA), this post will walk you through the entire process, including PA compass food stamp application forms and how to fill them out. We also tell you what you are going to need for your interview and what happens once you are approved for food stamps.

The PA food stamps program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the state’s Department of Public Welfare. The agency provides food stamps for low-income families that are eligible.

Do I Qualify for PA Food Stamps?

To determine whether you qualify for PA food assistance, you have to review the eligibility guidelines. The image below shows the eligibility income guide.

"PA Food stamp eligibility guidelines"

If you meet those guidelines and are approved for food stamps, the amount you receive is based on the number of people in your household. Obviously, the more the people, the higher the benefit amount. The table below shows you who in your household may apply for food stamps and how much you will depend on the number of people you have in your family.

"PA Food Stamps Income Chart"

PA Compass Food Stamp Application

If you qualify for food stamps in PA, here is how to apply. 

1. You can apply for or renew your SNAP benefits online by using COMPASS. Click here for COMPASS.  The COMPASS website is not only the place where you can apply for the SNAP program – but you can also use the site to apply for many other services that can help you make ends meet in Pennsylvania. 

2. You can also go to a local county assistance office to apply. Click here to find the county office nearest you.

3. You can also download the application form, fill it out, and submit it to a county assistance office. Click here to download the form.

"PA Compass Food Stamp Application"

What Happens After I apply?

Once you apply for food stamps, you will be invited for an in-person interview. The purpose of this interview is to review your application and other supporting documentation and also understand your household situation and why you need food assistance. You will be asked to bring supporting documentation to the interview, including income and expense documentation. If you are approved, you will be issued a debit card called EBT card, which you will use to buy approved food at approved locations. It is important that you only use your EBT card to buy approved food items, otherwise, you may lose your benefits.

"PA food stamp access card"

We hope you found our PA Compass Food Stamp Application guide helpful. If you have any questions or experience any issues during the application process,  Department of Public Welfare Helpline toll-free at 1-800-692-7462 (1-800-451-5886 TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments) or your local county assistance office.

We would love to hear from you about your experience in applying for PA Food Assistance. Please share your experience in our comments section below so other readers will know what to expect when they apply for SNAP benefits.