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October 31, 2012

2012 LAMPa Advocacy Summary

LAMPa advocacy takes place through direct contacts in Harrisburg and involving the LAMPa network in email and call-in advocacy, offering testimony, writing letters to the editors and district visits. The impact of LAMPa advocacy in 2012 included:

Maintaining funding of the State Food Purchase Program, which provides vital grants to local food pantries, despite threatened cuts.
Opposing asset tests for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which directly reduces hunger among low-income families. Advocacy resulted in significant increases in the asset limits, allowing more families to access food.
Halting a predatory “payday” lending bill that would have allowed short-term interest rates up to 360% APR, despite intense lobbying from the payday loan industry.
Restarting a successful home foreclosure prevention program by designating funds from a national state-federal mortgage settlement to fund the program for five years.
Obtaining $8 million for affordable housing development in the State Housing Trust Fund funded by Marcellus Shale impact fees.
Fighting for vulnerable people against the elimination of General Assistance, a small stipend to disabled adults, victims of domestic violence and others. Despite intense advocacy, the legislature eliminated the GA program.
Reducing proposed human services cuts to homeless services, drug and alcohol treatment, child welfare, mental health and more in the state budget
Establishing land banks that make it faster, easier and cheaper to put blighted, abandoned properties back into productive re-use to benefit communities across the state.

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