Monday, August 17, 2009

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: August 17, 2009

PA Budget

Today is the 48th day of the fiscal year and Pennsylvania is still without a complete state budget. Two weeks ago the House passed legislation approving the $27.3 billion Senate spending plan. The Governor then used his line-item veto to delete many of the budget items, leaving $11 billion to pay state workers and fund services essential to public protection. Unfortunately, since the stop-gap budget was passed negotiations for the remainder of the budget have been stalled.

While state workers have begun receiving paychecks and some essential services will receive funds, many institutions and organizations that rely on state funding will have to go without until the remainder of the budget is passed. These include schools, hospitals, and non-profit organizations that may have to make tough decisions that could lead to laying-off workers, cutting services, or having to close their doors because their funding is tied up until the budget is passed. If you work for one of these organizations or if the services you rely on have been cut, please tell your story! Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, or tell your story to PathWays PA. We will share these stories on our blog and in our e-newsletters.

If you are upset about the budget proposals, which include cuts ranging from education to hospitals to the elimination of the Industry Partnership program, please tell your legislators how you would finish this sentence: “If the choice is between reducing/eliminating spending on hospitals, burn units, Industry Partnerships, and childcare, or increasing revenues, I would support…”

During this recession, some budget cuts are inevitable. But too many cuts will lead to long-term impacts on our families, our health, and our economy at a time when we can’t afford to do without.


Federal

Action Alert: Establish a Consumer Financial Protection Agency

As families work to regain their financial footing, they need access to safe financial products. The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) would protect families from unfair, deceptive, and abusive lending practices and ensure the safety of financial products.

Your legislators need to hear from you. They need to hear that constituents want and need the CFPA. Please call, email, or meet with your Legislator during the August recess and make sure that your voice is heard. Our friends at NCTC are offering a variety of information and advice:

Send a letter to your Representative and Senators
Call your Representative and Senators (if you did send a letter, it's always great to follow up with a call)Meet with your Legislators while they are back in their district offices for the month of August.
  • If you are planning a meeting with your Legislators, please email Lucy Mullany, NCTC Field Organizer, for more information.


Events and Information

Community of Practice Learning Call: Applying for Pathways Out of Poverty Grants

Green For All will host a how-to call on applying for Pathways Out of Poverty Grants. There is $150 million available through these green job-training grants, authorized by the Recovery Act and administered by the Department of Labor.

WHEN: August 19, 11am Pacific / noon Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern

This call will focus on how local non-profits and Workforce Investment Boards can best craft successful grant applications. Green For All staff and other experts will discuss:
  • Eligibility
  • Identifying the right partnerships
  • Review of the points values associated with each section of the application
  • Making an application stand out
  • How to minimize overlap of applications serving a given area
  • Nuts & bolts of how to submit an application
Due to the large anticipated interest in this call and the limited number of available lines, Green For All asks that only public or non-profit organizations who plan to apply for the Pathways out of Poverty grants attend this call. The call recording will be made available to everyone on their website within 24 hours of the call.

Before the call, listen to the Department of Labor sponsored webinar on the Pathways Out of Poverty grants in order to have good context.

To sign up for the call you must RSVP and the call-in information will be emailed to you.


A Service to Remind and Remember

Reminding …all citizens that special crisis teams are available to help people with mental health or addiction crises

Remembering …an “Unknown Neighbor,” who was homeless and killed by police during an incident on July 3, 2009

Please join a coalition of advocates and friends to update ourselves about how we respond to persons who are in the midst of a mental or behavioral health crisis, to remember a member of our community whose life ended tragically, and to re-commit ourselves to addressing homelessness in a holistic way.

WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Arch Street United Methodist Church (southeast corner of Broad and Arch Streets)

For more information, please contact: Rev. Robin Hynicka, (215) 568 6250 or robin@archstreetumc.org.


Webinar: ARRA Section 1512 Reporting Requirement

Join Workforce3 for a discussion on the Section 1512 reporting requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. They will take a look at who is required to report under the Act and what information is required to be submitted. Important dates in the reporting cycle will be highlighted and the data quality review phase of the process will be discussed.

WHEN: August 19 3:30 pm Eastern, 2:30pm/Central, 1:30pm/Mountain, 12:30pm/Pacific

Webinar topics include:

  • Prime Recipient and Sub-recipient Responsibilities
  • Required Data Elements
  • Reporting Timeline (from data collection and entry to the posting of reports)
  • OMB's central electronic reporting solution system: www.FederalReporting.gov
  • Public Access to Recovery Act funded activities: www.Recovery.gov

Attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions throughout the Webinar session via a chat room feature.

Registration for this Webinar is required and seating is on a first-come,
first-served basis.

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