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December 10, 2018

Number of Uninsured Children in Pennsylvania Remains Steady

According to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Pennsylvania’s rate of uninsured children has remained steady for the past three years. About 125,000 or 4.4 percent of Pennsylvania children 18 and younger were uninsured in 2017. Nationwide, the number of uninsured children increased by about 276,000 children last...

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November 26, 2018

Enter the Cool Congregations Challenge for Chance to Win Money for Climate Adaptations

Has your congregation been busy this year finishing a solar project or an energy efficient lighting upgrade? Maybe you’ve installed a new HVAC system or windows? Does your green team have an organic garden or drought resistant landscaping project they’d like to show off? Now is the time to prepare your entry for the Interfaith...

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November 26, 2018

National, International Climate Reports Point to Increasing Urgency for Action

“Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.” That’s according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment,  released the day after Thanksgiving. Mandated by federal law in 1990 to, the U.S. Global Change Research...

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November 23, 2018

General Assistance Returns to PA

Pennsylvanians eligible for General Assistance have begun to receive their benefits, several months after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously held that Act 80 of 2012, which eliminated the program, had been enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.  LAMPa and other advocates for low-income Pennsylvanians had opposed Act 80 in 2012, arguing that it...

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November 21, 2018

Our Prayer for a Welcome Table

You bid us set the table Lord, and invite all to come. Inspire us by your Spirit to set a table where all are welcome and nourished, discover mercy, find justice and share in the riches of your grace. May our table be a place where we listen to one another, where divisions are healed...

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November 5, 2018

Vote! Exercise Good Stewardship of Your Citizenship

“Christians are called to be stewards of our common life through serving as faithful and active citizens..We live out our mutual responsibility for one another by guaranteeing our neighbor’s right to vote and participate freely and fully in society.” — The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA For many of us, voting on...

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November 1, 2018

Interfaith Justice Coalition Stands in Solidarity in Wake of Synagogue Shooting

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Justice Coalition is an informal association of faith-based advocacy organizations. It is our mission to remind state government and its lawmakers of the values and social principles of the faith traditions that we represent. We engage in this mission in the hope of making Pennsylvania a more peaceful and just place to...

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November 1, 2018

Pennsylvania Lutheran Bishops Respond to Violence at Tree of Life Synagogue

A statement from the seven Lutheran bishops in Pennsylvania in response to the violent crimes at Tree of Life synagogue. Our hearts are broken for the bereaved families of those who were killed on Saturday, October 27, for the congregations of Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light, and for the city of Pittsburgh. ...

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October 30, 2018

There are Only Enough Permanent Housing Placements for About One-Third of Families Experiencing Homelessness

Each year, approximately 45,000 rapid re-housing placements are available to assist homeless families into rental housing and to connect them with services. For families with higher needs, approximately 7,500 units of permanent supportive housing are also available each year. These are vital resources but are no match for the 150,000 families who become homeless each year. Without appropriate permanent housing resources, homeless service systems can’t do their jobs: shelter beds fill...

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October 30, 2018

Housing Alliance Releases New Report: Revitalizing Pennsylvania

A new report released by the Housing Alliance called “Revitalizing Pennsylvania” looks at ways towns and cities across the state have successfully turned around blighted properties and recommends ways others can do the same in the future. “How do we really create communities where people are proud to live there and want to live there?”...

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