Category: Legislature

November 5, 2020

Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding Available to Protect Homeless Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Resurgence 

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that nearly $20 million is now available to assist Pennsylvanians currently experiencing homelessness. The commonwealth received its second allocation of federal COVID-19 Homeless Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funds, and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has set aside a portion of those funds to be used toward emergency shelter...

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November 4, 2020

Bishop Eaton Shares Post Election Message

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks to the church about the election in a video message. The following is the video transcript: Today, the uncertainty of this election is causing anxiety and stress for many, not only in our church, but also across our nation and around the world.  Even...

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October 28, 2020

CARES Rental/Mortgage Assistance Application Deadline Draws Near

The deadline for the Pennsylvania COVID-19 rental and mortgage assistance relief program is quickly approaching. The November 4 deadline will pass with the PA Senate failing to pass a bill (HB 2868) to make the application process more tenable. This inaction impacts thousands of Commonwealth residents who struggle daily to feed their families and determine...

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October 20, 2020

ELCA Provides Worship Resources for a National Election

Many of us feel pulled to prayer in the lead up to the election. The new ELCA Worship resource, “Worship Resources for a National Election” contains crafted prayers and suggestions for sacred music to guide worship, prayer, vigils, and devotions preceding or following the election. These resources are offered in PDF and Word formats, to...

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October 20, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Renders PA Election Ballot Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court rendered a decision Monday that will allow Pennsylvania to count mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election. The justices were divided 4-4, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that required county election officials to receive and count mailed-in ballots that arrive up until...

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October 16, 2020

Gov. Wolf Announces Changes to Rent Relief Program

Gov. Wolf announced a significant change to the CARES Rent Relief Program. Getting landlords to participate in the program has been one of the barriers to the program’s success. Currently, renters only get up to $750 in rental aid and landlords must accept that as payment in full for that month, even if the rent...

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October 14, 2020

Coalition Against Hate Urges PA House, Senate Leadership to Enact Hate Crime Legislation

As high profile incidents of bigotry continue to be reported in local communities, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) joins with other members of the Coalition Against Hate and state Rep. Dan Frankel calling for the PA House and Senate leadership to take action and to allow a vote on their bipartisan hate crime legislation....

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October 9, 2020

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids for Entire School Year

Thank you to advocates who urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move helps ensure that all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19...

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October 8, 2020

PUC Ending Moratorium on Utility Shut-offs

As the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) ends the moratorium on utility shut-offs, they have  adopted a series of enhanced consumer protections intended to safeguard families and small businesses who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and also established a framework for future discussions about utility assistance and economic recovery. The PUC...

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October 7, 2020

Women of the ELCA Release Updated Resource: “Called to be Political (But I Don’t Want to be Political!)”

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  have released a new updated version of  “Called to Be Political (but I don’t want to be political!)”. This resource, easily adapted for virtual use, is designed to be used with Faith Formation, Sunday School, young adult or small group gatherings.  It may be downloaded from...

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