Saturday, February 28, 2015

City Lauds Success of Effort to Extend Benefits to Seniors

Mayor Nutter today celebrated the success of a joint state-city effort to enroll low income Philly seniors in federal and state benefit programs. Since the BenePhilly campaign kicked off in September, 6,000 residents have signed up for benefits worth about $16.7 million. "This money belongs to Philadelphians who for whatever reason they may not know they qualify," Nutter said. "Please help our fellow Philadelphians, especially at this critical time, get the benefits they need." For four months, the campaign targeted 60,000 low-income elderly Philadelphians believed to be eligible for programs like Medicare, Food Stamps and property and rent rebates. Efforts to reach those without benefits will continue in 2009, but with less state support. Nutter said he hoped to step up work at the city level, through health centers or constituent service outreach.

City Lauds Success of Effort to Extend Benefits to Seniors

Mayor Nutter today celebrated the success of a joint state-city effort to enroll low income Philly seniors in federal and state benefit programs. Since the BenePhilly campaign kicked off in September, 6,000 residents have signed up for benefits worth about $16.7 million.

"This money belongs to Philadelphians who for whatever reason they may not know they qualify," Nutter said. "Please help our fellow Philadelphians, especially at this critical time, get the benefits they need."

For four months, the campaign targeted 60,000 low-income elderly Philadelphians believed to be eligible for programs like Medicare, Food Stamps and property and rent rebates. Efforts to reach those without benefits will continue in 2009, but with less state support. Nutter said he hoped to step up work at the city level, through health centers or constituent service outreach.

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