The Department of Public Assistance is the state of PA welfare department. For relation to my budget, they provide $22.10 in financial assistance. This sounds like it’s not a lot of money, and you would be correct. However, when considering my budget, this extra money does help a bit. It increases my discretionary spending to $85 rather than $65. While it is still not a lot, it would give me almost $2/day. As with my SSI, this money deposits into my checking account on the first day of every month.