The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has announced that as of Monday, August 13, they will accept applications for General Assistance. This is a tremendous win for low-income people in Pennsylania, many whom have been living with no income since 2012 when the program was eliminated.
There are two things you can do now to help us get the word out:
In 2012, the PA General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett enacted Act 80 which, among other things, eliminated the General Assistance (GA) program. GA provided a small amount of money—$205 per month—to the most vulnerable individuals in Pennsylvania who were not eligible for any other programs: disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who was sick or disabled, adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs and children living with an unrelated adult.
This election is critical for the future of our state and nation! Voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will vote in their party’s Primary Election for the following: PA Governor, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Representatives and Senate, PA Representatives and Senate (even-numbererd districts) and City and State Committeepeople. All voters can vote on the ballot questions.
These materials were developed by the Vote For Homes Coalition to support voter registration and mobilization of low income voters. You are welcome to use and modify for your voter outreach efforts.
Visit www.voteforhomes.org for more infomation about the Vote For Homes Coalition. There are also resources on the Pennsylvania Department of State website, including online voter registration, a printable form, and toolkits.
Project HOME is co-sponsoring an event on Sunday, January 14th at 2 PM with Congressman Dwight Evans who represents the 2nd Congressional District which includes some Project HOME sites in Philadelphia and also includes parts of Montgomery County. This is being done in conjunction with the celebration of Dr. Martin L. King Day. Congressman Evans will focus on the issues of immigration, health care, homelessness, poverty and care of the earth. Flyer is attached. All are welcome to attend. Bring your family and friends. Let’s continue the struggle for economic and social justice in Dr.
VOTE November 7! Election Day is Tuesday, November 7 Polls are open from 7 AM - 8 PM This election is critical for the future of our city! There are multiple Philadelphia elections that will be on the ballot including District Attorney, City Controller, Court of Common Pleas, and Municipal Court. There are also several races for judges on the PA Supreme Court, the PA Superior Court, and the PA Commonwealth Court.
Congress is considering unfair changes that will leave hundreds of millions without healthcare. Medicaid is at most risk in these negotiations. It is critical, now more than ever, that our voices are heard, and that our legislators know we pay attention and we care about our healthcare.
Affordable housing matters to all of us. Every person has a story of coming home, staying home, or losing home. And losing home is one of the hardest stories of all. In today's political climate, affordable housing has been treated as a luxury rather than a human right and important part of dignity and self-worth. The need for affordable housing in Philadelphia is tremendous and growing every day. Share your story of why affordable housing matters to you by clicking the Share My Story button on this page.