Monday, November 14, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: November 14, 2011

PathWays PA Information/Events

JOIN US AT THE PATHWAYS PA BASIC SHELTER FOR A PROGRAM SUPPORTING NATIONAL RUNAWAY MONTH

Join PathWays PA on to learn about the trials of runaways and some of the dangers they face while out on the streets.

WHEN: November 21, 2011 4:00 pm- 7:00pm
WHERE: PathWays PA Basic Center Program 5013 Hazel Avenue. Philadelphia, PA 19143. 215-397-4287

Open mic, singing, dancing, poetry, and spoken word will be from 5:30-6:30.

PATHWAYS PA’S FINANCIAL RESOURCE GUIDE

PathWays PA has recently updated our popular Financial Resource Guide. This Guide lists programs that individuals and families can use to help stretch their incomes and make ends meet.

We have information on programs in Pennsylvania such as:
In addition to listing programs in Pennsylvania, the Financial Resource Guide also provides a County Help Chart that lists the names and contact information of organizations that can help you apply for programs in every county.

Federal

IMPORTANT ASSETS PROGRAM FACING DRASTIC CUTS

One proven approach families use to reach self-sufficiency has been Individual Development Accounts. This program includes a matched savings account that is linked to financial education. It allows tens of thousands of families to use their own savings to attend college, buy a home or start a business.

Unfortunately, the House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman recommends a 63% cut - from $24 million to $8.9 million – to this program. .

The devastating cut proposed to the Assets for Independence shortchanges America - we could see fewer college graduates, home owners and business owners.
Please call your members of Congress today at 202.224.3121. This is the Capitol Switchboard and they can connect you to your legislators' offices. Ask for the person who handles appropriations. Below is a sample script you can use:

The Assets for Independence program at HHS is a proven strategy to enable low-income families to succeed as homeowners, college students or entrepreneurs. The AFI program enables economic mobility. Please follow the Senate's lead and keep AFI level funded at $24 million.

State

WILL YOU HELP STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION IN PENNSYLVANIA?

Legislation is advancing in the Pennsylvania legislature that would require that every voter show valid state or federal photo ID in order to enter the voting booth. Pennsylvania already has identification requirements and fraudulent voting is extremely rare. Meanwhile, this bill could cost taxpayers millions of dollars and result in major problems for many senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and non-drivers. The bill has already passed the state House and could be voted on in the state Senate early as next week.

What can you do to help:
  1. Email your PA State Senator.
  2. Collect stories from your community of people who are having a hard time obtaining photo ID.
  3. Volunteer phone bank to help get the word out about this bill. Phone banking is taking place on November 14 through 16 from 5:30 to 8:30. To sign up or find out more, please email Jeff Garis at jgaris@infoservicesgroup.net.


HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN PENNSYLVANIA 

Last month, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Act (SB 338) was unanimously voted out of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee. This state legislation would require posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline - 1-888-3737-888 - so trafficking victims can call to get help or individuals can call if they see anything suspicious.

In order to keep SB 338 moving forward, we need to keep the pressure on by generating as many calls as possible to key members of Senate Leadership to ask them to bring SSB 338 to the Senate floor for a vote ASAP. The calls need to go to the following two Senators in particular:

  • Senator Dominic Pileggi (Majority Leader) 717-787-4712
  • Senator Jake Corman (Appropriations Committee Chair) 717-787-1377

Below is a script you are welcome to use:

“Hi, my name is ______________. I am calling to ask Senator ____________to swiftly bring SB 338, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Act, to the Senate floor for a vote. This important bill would help end human trafficking in Pennsylvania and assist victims of this horrific crime by requiring the hotline be posted in certain establishments so victims can call for help. This bill was unanimously voted out of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee on October 18th. Can I count on Senator ____________ to bring this life-saving legislation to the Senate floor for a vote? Thank you for your time and consideration.”


After you make the call, please email rfoley@womensway.org to report who you made the calls to and the outcome of the conversations. If you would like more information on the work to end human trafficking visit the Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking Coalition's website.

URGE YOUR STATE SENATOR TO OPPOSE SB 1310 IN ITS CURRENT FORM

On November 14th, the State Senate Appropriations Committee will be considering Senate Bill 1310, an unemployment compensation bill which discourages solvency.  Your state senator plays a crucial role in this vote. Please urge your senator to OPPOSE SB 1310 in its current form.

Below is a list of talking points. You can find contact information for your senator here.

Senate Bill 1310 – Unemployment Compensation: Talking Points
  • SB 1310 in its current form will create additional hurdles in negotiating a solvency plan for the State’s Unemployment Insurance program.
  • SB 1310 is the second Unemployment Compensation bill which the State Legislature will consider this session/year. Earlier this session Senate Bill 1030 was signed into law, which has cut benefits and lowered future benefits for the currently employed.
Contact your State Senator today on this important matter.


Information/Events

SUPER COMMITTEE UPDATE CALL

By November 23rd, the “Super Committee” charged with making long-term deficit reduction plans is supposed to send a plan to Congress. Whatever they send must be voted on within a month. Passage only requires a simple majority.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 4 p.m.

Please join Senator Al Franken and Deborah Weinstein from the Coalition on Human Needs to hear about proposals that are being considered by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Details are starting to surface about plans to reduce tax rates for millionaires, while cutting Medicaid, other essential programs, and making people wait till they are 67 to get Medicare.

Register here.

This emergency update will kick off three days of calls to the Senate from November 15 to 18. On those days call 888-907-1485 to tell your Senators what you want to see the Super Committee do.

CLUW YOUNG WOMEN’S COMMITTEE: LEADING LADIES LEADING MEN EVENT

The Young Women's Committee of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (YWC/CLUW) is holding a fall workshop and networking event for women age 21 and older. The focus will be on specific skills that women possess and develop and how female leadership differs from male leadership. Fran Pierce, the former Assistant Director of Education Support Personnel for PSEA, will be in attendance

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Women’s Community Revitalization Project, 407 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia

Free parking is available in the lot across the street

Refreshments will be provided but there is a suggested donation of $5 or bring something to share (food, drinks, etc.)

The mission of the YWC is to educate young women about unions, while creating networking opportunities and support for working women, and to empower, train, and prepare the next generation of feminist and union leaders. You don't have to belong to organized labor to come.

THE POWER OF VOLUNTEERS AND NATIONAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS TO PROMOTE SCHOOL SUCCESS BY REDUCING CHRONIC ABSENCE

Register now to join Attendance Works for a fascinating panel discussion webinar exploring how volunteers and national service organizations can be a powerful force in helping reduce chronic absence.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The panel includes:
  • Heidi Stevens, coordinator of the Schools Every Day campaign in Baltimore, who will share about the campaign’s grassroots approach.
  • Jason Waite, Director of Impact Development, and Bethiel Girma Holton, National Manager of Student Engagement, of City Year who will talk about how young adult City Year corps members spend a year in national service to tackle the national dropout crisis through addressing the ABCs of Attendance, Behavior and Course Performance.
  • Sarah Jonas, Director of Regional Initiatives at the Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools, who will discuss how community-based organizations are supporting New York City’s initiative to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism.
  • John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps, who will discuss the potential for leveraging national service programs to improve student achievement by reducing chronic absence.
HOW HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS AND THEIR CLIENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION

The Coalition for Access and Opportunity invites you to join Stan Dorn, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, and Claudia Page, Co-Director of Social Interest Solutions, to learn about the remarkable opportunities for state health and human service integration under the Affordable Care Act.

WHEN: Monday, November 14, 2011 2:00pm -3:00pm

Click here to register

Stan will be discussing his important new paper on innovative ways states can build modernized systems, improving efficiency and client-needs, under the legislation. Claudia is working with various states on these initiatives and will share her knowledge of promising steps and common challenges from around the country.
For those interested in this call below are some additional materials that might be helpful:

PHILADELPHIA HOUSING AUTHORITY SURVEY

The Vote for Homes! Coalition and the Family Service Providers Network invite you to take part in a survey that will provide feedback for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

As new leadership launches the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) into a new era, the Vote for Homes! Coalition and the Family Service Providers Network are taking this opportunity to share some of the community's priorities with PHA.

This survey will collect feedback from individuals across Philadelphia who interface with the PHA – applicants, tenants, and service providers. The name of your agency will not be shared with the survey results.
You can access the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NR5VYHY

The survey deadline to complete the survey is Monday, November 21st. If you have questions or need more information please email voteforhomes@gmail.com.

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