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February 8, 2021

Act 1 Creates New Rental and Utility Assistance Program To Disburse Millions in Federal Aid

On Friday, Feb.  5, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law SB109, now known as Act 1,  directing more than $900 million in federal pandemic aid to struggling businesses, private schools, landlords and tenants unable to meet rent or utility bills because of economic downturn related to the failure to stop the spread of the disease. Thank you...

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February 8, 2021

Education Top Priority in Governor’s 2021 Budget Proposal

Gov. Wolf continued to place education at the forefront of his agenda with a his 2021 budget proposal in an effort to close the gaps in one of the least equitable school funding systems in the country, increase affordability of college education and job training.  The budget, outlined in an address on Feb. 3, would...

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February 4, 2021

Utility Moratorium Updates: What You Need to Know

On March 31, 2021 the utility shutoff moratorium protecting vulnerable Pennsylvanians from service termination will expire. With moratoria in place since the beginning of the pandemic, customers had been protected from losing their utility services. With many if not more Pennsylvanians still suffering from the economic downturn, the prospect of an unrenewed moratorium is daunting. When the initial moratorium began in March 2020,...

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January 22, 2021

ELCA 2021 federal policy priorities for advocacy action

Posted on January 22, 2021 by ELCA Advocacy “With the start of the 117th Congress and a new administration, and as the devastating COVID-19 pandemic influences our lives and shapes our concerns, we face pressing need for national policy action. Yet even with changes, as Christians in the world our engagement is consistently shaped by...

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January 20, 2021

Volunteers Needed for “Senior Express” Home Food Delivery Program

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on across Pennsylvania and the nation, an increasing number of senior citizens in the commonwealth are struggling to secure the food they need. Sheila Christopher, of Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, is working to ensure that all seniors have access to food programs so that their needs are met. The organization is looking to expand...

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January 11, 2021

Advocacy 101 Resource Now Available

Looking for new material for you or young adults you know that will assist in learning about and getting involved in faith-based advocacy? Look no further! In conjunction with ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Advocacy, the 2019-2020 Hunger Advocacy Fellows prepared the “Advocacy 101 for Young Adults: When Faith Meets Public Policy” resource. Split into...

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January 7, 2021

Latest COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Emergency Housing Provisions

The latest COVID-19 Relief Bill was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The $900 billion COVID-relief package includes housing provisions such as $25 billion in emergency rental assistance and an extension of the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium through January 31st. The relief bill will provide essential and desperately needed protections for renters, tens of...

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January 7, 2021

LAMPa Program Director Begins New Chapter

LAMPa Program Director Lynn Fry will conclude her service with LAMPa in January 2021. She has served in the position for three years. Early in the New Year she will transition to a new position at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), serving as the Coordinator of Stewardship and Donor Relations. Reflecting on her LAMPa tenure Lynn...

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January 6, 2021

Bishop Eaton Responds to Events in U.S. Capitol

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton responded to events in the U.S. Capitol on Epiphany with prayer and a call for the faithful to stand together and speak out against division and violence threatening our democracy. “The right to assemble and the right to free speech are enshrined in the Bill of Rights,” said Eaton in...

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January 5, 2021

PA General Assembly Kicks Off First Day Of Term With Turmoil

With families gathered as witnesses for a COVID-adapted swearing-in day in the state Capitol, normally a happy picture day,  the opening of the new Pennsylvania General Assembly turned into chaos as Republicans refused to seat a Democratic member because they dispute the results in his race.  As tensions escalated, the majority party voted to remove...

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