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Report Shows Analysis of Evictions in PA Since Start of Pandemic

February 25th, 2022|

Although renter protections and economic assistance programs implemented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced the overall number of evictions filings over the past two years, communities across Pennsylvania are still struggling with evictions, according to a recently released study by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, of which

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

July 14th, 2021|

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

NWPA Congregations Innovate in Hunger Ministry to Care for Creation

April 20th, 2021|

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

PA Opens New Emergency Rental Assistance Program

March 20th, 2021|

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

PA Department of Agriculture Urban Agriculture Grants Available

March 2nd, 2021|

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

New SNAP College Eligibility Criteria

February 26th, 2021|

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

Panel Discussion and Resources for Worship and Wonder Wednesdays

February 19th, 2021|

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

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

February 8th, 2021|

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

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