Category: Housing

Accessing “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor”

Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions.  An online training event hosted jointly by the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor”,  was held July 9. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, participated in the webinar that explored...

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Wolf Announces Extension of Eviction Moratorium and the Award of Nearly $19 Million for Homelessness Assistance and Prevention

Governor Wolf issued an executive order extending the rental eviction and foreclosure moratorium. Due to expire on July 10, the extension protects renters and homeowners from eviction proceedings until August 31, 2020. This moratorium covers families that are not protected under other federal eviction and foreclosure programs or families that don’t receive assistance through a...

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Federal Judge Orders ICE to Release Migrant Children from Berks County Residential Center

On June 26, 2020, California’s Central District Court ruled that ICE should release children from the country’s three family detention centers, two in Texas and one in Berks County. “There is no more time for half measures,” Judge Dolly Gee wrote, citing unsafe conditions at the centers and the dangers the coronavirus pandemic poses to...

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Rental and Mortgage COVID Relief Funds Available

Applications for $175 million of state funding for rental and mortgage assistance are now available, and the funds will be distributed in counties on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Visit www.PHFA.org  for details and eligibility criteria. PHFA  recently shared implementation details for the new state...

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Keystone Counts Shares Update on the 2020 Census in Pennsylvania

Keystone Counts recently shared an update on the 2020 Census in Pennsylvania. LAMPa is one of the more than 100 coalition members of Keystone Counts, a statewide coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, and community organizations joined together to build an education and outreach effort for a fair and accurate 2020 census. The nationwide response...

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Presiding Bishop Praises SCOTUS Decision On LGBTQIA+ Rights

June 24, 2020 “ELCA social teaching supports human rights for all people, regardless of their sex (biological), gender, or sexuality. This stance is rooted in respect and welcome for all people as created in the image of God and evident in the ELCA’s longstanding commitment to protecting civil and human rights” (Faith, Sexism, and Justice:...

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ELCA Advocacy Introduces “Virtual Visits” Resources

During a time of physical distancing when policy makers are less able to be out in their districts, it is important that constituents take opportunities to communicate their experience and opinions about the heightened public health and economic challenges. There may be something invigorating about walking up to a pillared building in your best business...

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision on DACA Program

June 18, 2020 This church urges “flexible and humane ways for undocumented persons who have been in this country for a specified amount of time to be able to adjust their legal status.” — ELCA social message, “Immigration” (1998) Today I rejoice in the renewal of dreams and the transformation of heartbreak into hope that...

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Pennsylvania Partnership for Children Releases 11th Annual State of Child Welfare

The Pennsylvania Partnership for Children (PPC)  released their 11th annual State of Child Welfare report – a five-year analysis of how Pennsylvania fares with practices around child safety, placement and permanency – that outlines policy recommendations aimed at improving the child welfare system and includes county-level data and statewide and geographic trends. This report recommends...

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Bishop Eaton Shares Message: This is the Day

June 5, 2020 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord” (Psalm 118:5). We are a nation in distress. We are a church in distress. The coronavirus has killed 103,000 of us. The virus of racism has taken hundreds of thousands more throughout our history. Now these two deadly viruses converge. Under this distress...

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