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MAY HELEN WOODY v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (05/27/82)

COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: May 27, 1982.

MAY HELEN WOODY, PETITIONER
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE, RESPONDENT

Appeal from the Order of the Department of Public Welfare in case of Appeal of May Helen Woody, Case No. L-235325-C.

COUNSEL

James D. Belliveau, with him Gerard T. Schafer, Intern, for petitioner.

Jean E. Graybill, Assistant Counsel, for respondent.

President Judge Crumlish and Judges Craig and Doyle, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Craig.

Author: Craig

[ 66 Pa. Commw. Page 630]

Claimant May Helen Woody appeals from an order of the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) affirming the decision of the Allegheny County Board of Assistance (CBA) which denied claimant's request for a one-time grant*fn1 to cover the purchase of white uniforms and shoes required for her new food service job.

[ 66 Pa. Commw. Page 631]

DPW denied the request because it was not made until after the claimant had started her employment.

The DPW decision is contrary to our holding in Rodgers v. Department of Public Welfare, 45 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 574, 576, 405 A.2d 1068, 1069 (1979), that such one-time grants should not be limited to requests that are made before the commencement of training or employment. In accord are Bittner v. Department of Public Welfare, 50 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 396, 400, 413 A.2d 20, 22 (1980) and Chase v. Department of Public Welfare, 46 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 308, 311, 406 A.2d 261, 262 (1979).

Accordingly, we reverse the decision of the DPW.

Order

Now, May 27, 1982, the order of the Department of Public Welfare, dated March 3, 1980, denying May Helen Woody a one-time non-recurring grant, is reversed, and this case is remanded with a direction for payment of the one-time grant requested.

Disposition

Reversed and remanded.


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