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31Jan

Pa. Supreme Court may examine demise of General Assistance program

Share List By: Kate Giammarise Published: January 26, 2017 A case before the state Supreme Court examines how the Legislature enacted a law that cut a cash assistance program for the poorest Pennsylvanians. The lawsuit stretches back to 2012, when the then-Republican-controlled General Assembly passed — and then-Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed — Act 80, which…

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29Nov

Pa. Department of Human Services prepares to launch mobile app

Share List By: Kate Giammarise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: November 28, 2016 Officials for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services say they hope a soon-to-be-released mobile phone app will help save time and effort for both caseworkers and clients. The app is still in its final testing stages, officials say, but they hope it will be available…

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01Nov

Governor Wolf announces federal funding for the Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Share List Press Release, Governor’s Office Published: October 27, 2016 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced that the Department of Human Services has received approximately $185.5 million in federal funding for the 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season. This season marks the commonwealth’s 35th anniversary participating in the program. “Making sure all…

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25Oct

DOJ says landlords cannot use overly broad generalizations when screening applicants for criminal records

Share List By: NLIHC Published: October 24, 2016 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest that argues the Fair Housing Act does not permit landlords to use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately impact protected classes of people when screening applicants’ criminal records. The statement of interest was filed in the U.S….

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Oct

A strong rule and reforms are needed to combat payday loans

Share List By: Josh Silver Published: October 20, 2016 Something astonishing happened when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asked the public for comments on its proposed rule to curb high-cost and abusive payday loans: the CFPB received 1 million comments. This doesn’t happen too often for regulatory proposals, but the stakes are high. Consumer…

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How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?

Share List By: Judy Perlman Published: October 14, 2016 FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the backdrop of a recession that had its origins in the housing market, and in which tens of thousands of homeowners lost their homes. Evan Horowitz made an…

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11Oct

Denied housing or a job due to a misdemeanor? New Pa. law can limit access to criminal histories

Share List By  Wallace McKelvey Published: October 04, 2016 Pennsylvanians will soon be able to put nonviolent offenses in their rear-view mirror. A new law taking effect Nov. 14 would allow residents with certain second- and third-degree misdemeanors to petition the court to limit access to their criminal records. The order is available for individuals who’ve…

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Oct

New Courtland gets $11M in tax credits for Frankford senior site

Share List By: Harold Brubaker Published: October 5, 2016 A New Courtland Senior Services has received $11 million in New Markets Tax Credits to build a 15,000 square foot facility in the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Frankford to provide medical services, adult day care, and other services for low-income seniors, according to Corporation…

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