Category: state budget

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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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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December 4, 2020

Commonwealth and Nation Face Housing Crisis: ELCA Congregations Respond

“God heard the cry of a homeless people and delivered them out of oppression in Egypt. Jesus, “who [had] nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:58), ministered with compassion to the poor and vulnerable. In practicing hospitality, we are promised to encounter the living Lord: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). ...

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December 4, 2020

LAMPa Policy Council Sets 2021 Priorities

LAMPa’s policy council met virtually on Dec. 3, 2021, and approved the following policy priorities for 2021.  They are based on the experience of our ministries, guided by ELCA Social Statements and LAMPa’s mission: “In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common...

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November 11, 2020

United Way of PA Updates ALICE Reports

United Way of Pennsylvania’s new fact sheets by Senate and House districts show how many ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families are struggling to afford child care across the Commonwealth. ALICE accounts for the 1.8 million households earning a wage more than the federal poverty level but still struggling to maintain a basic household...

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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 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 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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