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July 15, 2021

LAMPa Supports Efforts to Address High Prescription Costs in PA

One in five Pennsylvanians has chosen not to fill a prescription because of cost, and another one in six has cut pills in half or skipped doses for the same reason, according to a study shared by the Pa. Health Access Network (PHAN). LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale joined PHAN partners,  the American Association of Retired...

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July 14, 2021

State OKs $10M in Tax Credits as Report Outlines How Far Out of Reach Housing Remains for Workers

The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf  approved $10 million for the Pa. Housing Tax Credit program aimed at closing the gap in affordable housing just before the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released its report documenting how far out of reach housing is for workers in Pennsylvania and across the Country. “We’re grateful...

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July 2, 2021

Funding for Hunger, Education Equity Make Gains in State Budget

As the General Assembly passed an on-time budget before recessing in late June, LAMPa celebrated a 15 percent increase in the state’s major anti-hunger programs and an extra $300 million in basic education funding, $100 million of which is targeted to the poorest schools. “Our hunger advocates did a tremendous job in sharing stories of...

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May 26, 2021

LAMPa Welcomes Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council

LAMPa is very happy to welcome Donna Skinner Echols to Policy Council as a representative of Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod! Donna has 42 years of experience in the development, management, monitoring and administration of family services programs for at-risk children and families. She has worked in the urban settings of Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago,...

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May 13, 2021

Level Up Announces Campaign for Education Funding

Level Up, a coalition of more than a dozen education advocacy organizations from across the commonwealth, launched a campaign on April 15th to increase state funding for the 100 most underfunded school districts in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation for state share of funding for K-12 education and has some of the nation’s widest...

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April 20, 2021

NWPA Congregations Innovate in Hunger Ministry to Care for Creation

Just as congregations innovated with worship, learning and service in response to COVID, Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod’s Green Team is encouraging innovation in creation care as we emerge transformed from the pandemic. The Good Hope/Zion Lutheran congregations of Oil City are leading by example. A Thrivent Action Team grant allowed them to try eco-friendly green ware...

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March 20, 2021

PA Opens New Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Pennsylvania has begun accepting applications for approximately $569 million in federal dollars it received to administer assistance to renters, landlords, and utility providers who have been affected by the pandemic and economic insecurity. Pennsylvania’s new emergency rental assistance program administration has been moved to the state Department of Human Services for the 49 counties that...

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March 2, 2021

PA Department of Agriculture Urban Agriculture Grants Available

On February 26th Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the opening of the 2020-21 PA Farm Bill’s $500,000 Urban Agriculture Grant Program to address food deserts in urban areas through the expansion of agricultural infrastructure. The program has the added intention of creating opportunities for hands-on learning and community building through the shared...

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February 26, 2021

New SNAP College Eligibility Criteria

In February 2021 the USDA shared important updates regarding student eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This act temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to students in higher education enrolled at least part time. The new requirements now extend eligibility to students who: “are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study...

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February 19, 2021

Panel Discussion and Resources for Worship and Wonder Wednesdays

On February 17th the Lower Susquehanna Synod partnered with Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) in honor of United Nations World Day of Social Justice for a special panel discussion, in association with Worship & Wonder Wednesdays, on our baptismal call to labor for justice, examining what it means to be public church for the...

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