Cash and Other Assistance for Dauphin County Workers Waiting for Workers' Comp, SSD, or LTD Cases To Be Heard

Greg Boles
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Partner at The Boles Firm | Experience Matters

If you need a Dauphin County Workers' Comp, Social Security Disability, or Long-Term Disability attorney to handle your case, please call us.  Whether you hire us or not, however, you're going to need help if your claim is denied and you have no income.  I wrote Battered and Broke: Making Ends Meet When your Workers' Comp Claim is Denied to help people who have suffered a sudden loss of income as a result of injury or illness.  For a complete list of all the benefits that may be available to you, download a free copy of Battered and Broke.

The premier organization that provides free help to the disabled in navigating the confusing benefits system is Meeting Life's Challenges, which can be accessed here.

Most Pennsylvania benefits are available through the Compass website.  The following is a discussion of many of the types of benefits available to Dauphin County residents, along with the addresses and forms that need to be filed in connection with such claims. 

I strongly advise you to review my general overview of the benefits available, which you can access by clicking here. The following gives you the specific information you need to file for benefits in Dauphin County.


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You can apply for unemployment compensation benefits by filling out an application which you can obtain here.  The finished application should be mailed to the following address:

Altoona UC Service Center
1101 Green Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601-3483

In the alternative, you can apply for unemployment compensation using the Compass web site, which you can access by clicking here. Finally, you can apply for unemployment compensation benefits in person at the Dauphin County Unemployment Compensation Office, which is located at the following address:  

Harrisburg Unemployment Office
100 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Phone number 717-783-3270


For a discussion of the benefits available through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, click here and scroll the test to "VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION."

To apply for assistance with OVR, you have to do so at the following address:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Forum Place
555 Walnut Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg PA 17101

717-787-7834 Voice
717-787-4013 TTY
800-442-6352* Voice
877-497-6545* TTY


For all Pennsylvania residents, there are a variety of benefits available to you through the Department of Human Services, including cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and health coverage, all of which are described in more detail here. You can apply for these benefits through the Compass web site, which can be accessed here.  You can also fill out an application for benefits, which you can access by clicking here.  Once you have filled out the form, bring the completed form to your County Assistance Office (CAO) at the address set forth below:

Dauphin County Assistance Office
2432 North 7th Street
Post Office Box 5959
Harrisburg, PA 17110-0959

Toll free 1-800-788-5616
Phone 717-787-2324
LIHEAP 717-256-8919
Fax number 717-772-4703


More information concerning the SSD and SSI programs is set forth in Battered and Broke and in the text summary that you may access here.  To apply for Social Security disability benefits online, click here.

Anyone who seeks Supplemental Security Income benefits must apply by scheduling an appointment with your local Social Security office, which can be reached by calling 1-800-772-1213 or (TTY) 1-800-325-0778 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  In the alternative, you can contact your Dauphin County Social Security office directly.

Social Security Office:

Social Security Administration
555 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone number 888-327-1176  

To obtain the location and information about your local workers' compensation office, click here.