Monday, January 30, 2012

PathWays PA E-Alert: January 30, 2012

FREE TAX PREP FROM PATHWAYS PA

PathWays PA’s Self Sufficiency team wants to be sure that you are aware of our free tax preparation service.

Our basic tax preparation service is designed to provide FREE tax filing for households whose income does not exceed $50,000. We are able to serve tax filers who are disabled or who do not speak English as their first language.

Our goal is help tax filers access their Earned Income and other tax credits.  In addition, this year, PathWays PA is offering Tax Counseling for the Elderly, featuring free tax preparation for Senior Citizens without the income constraint.

We are offering free tax preparation service at a number of locations. Our locations and hours can
be found here
. If you or someone you know would like to have taxes prepared by the Self Sufficiency team, please call 610-543-5022 to schedule an appointment.


And please remember to refer your friends and family to our free services! 

Federal Policy Updates



REACH OUT TO CONGRESS REGARDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

In December, unemployment insurance was set to expire for families still struggling to find work but Congress extended the critical benefit before the year ended. That extension lasts until February 29th.

It is expected that at least one million UI recipients would be cut off of federal benefits in March alone if the program is allowed to expire. Millions more would lose these benefits during the remainder of the year. One study found that every $1 spent on employment insurance stimulated $2 in growth inthe U.S. economy.

Send a message to Congressional Conference Committee members, and to your members of Congress regarding next steps on unemployment insurance.


State Policy Updates

DO YOU WANT HEMAP INCLUDED IN THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET?

The Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) closed last July due to lack
of funds. This year, the Governor may not include funding for HEMAP in the upcoming state budget.



If you support HEMAP, please sign on the attached letter to Governor Corbett asking him to restore it in the coming state budget. Click here to if you can sign on to the letter.



For more information visit: http://www.pasaveourhomes.org/.




Information/Events

A CARING ACROSS GENERATION WEBINAR: PROVIDING MINIMUM WAGE AND OVERTIME PAY TO HOME CARE WORKERS

Today, many home care workers who provide support to our aging seniors andpeople with disabilities are not entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay. On December 15th, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor was proposing new rules that would provide more workers with these important legal
protections. (click here to watch the President’s announcement)

WHEN: February 9 - 3-4pm EST/12-1pm PST (register)
              February 14 – 11am-noon EST/8-9am PST (register)

Dial-in number: (530) 881-1300 access code 544303#
https://www.freeconferencing.com/meetings/928-217-142

Please join Caring Across Generations on a webinar to learn more about the changes that are being proposed and how to comment to the Department of Labor on the importance of providing minimum wage and overtime pay to home care workers.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE TRAINING

Learn how to recognize unhealthy or abusive behaviors, how to initiate conversations and how to support teens as they navigate tricky relationship dynamics.


WHEN: Friday, February 10th, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

WHERE: United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway



This training will cost $30.

Organized by the four domestic violence programs - WIT, Women Against Abuse, Lutheran Settlement House and Congreso - this intensive half-day training is critical for anyone who works with (or lives with!)
teens. Click Here to register today!


READY TO RUN™ PHILADELPHIA

Ready to Run™ Pennsylvania provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for  government leadership positions. The day-long program provides training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women, and officeholders for women considering or recently deciding to run for political office.



Ready to Run™ Philadelphia will feature political communications specialist, Chris Jahnke and “Fundraising For Success” with renowned political speaker and educator, Nancy Bocskor.

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 8:00am – 6:00pm

WHERE: MacAlister Hall, the University Club at Drexel University, 33rd &Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This conference features two tracks to meet your needs:
Track 1: I'm Ready to Run, Now What?

Track 2: I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But.......

Registration for this event is $100. Ready to Run™ Registration Fees are fully refundable up to 48 hours before the program.

To register for this event or for more information, please click HERE!



BE HEARD! INFORM THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS

The School District of Philadelphiarecently announced its superintendent search process.

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, wants your input on leadership characteristics the School Reform Commission (SRC) has identified to guide the selection of the next leader of the school district.

You are invited to join the discussion at the following locations:


  • February 1, 6:30 PM at Mastery Gratz H.S. 1798 W. Hunting Park Ave.
  • February 4, 9:00 AM at Roxborough H.S. 6498 Ridge Ave.
  • February 4, 1:00 PM at Lincoln H.S. 3201 Ryan Ave.
  • February 6, 6:30 PM at West Philadelphia H.S. 4901 Chestnut St.
  • February 8, 6:30 PM at Strawberry Mansion H.S. 3133 Ridge Ave
  • February 9, 6:30 PM at Edison H.S.151 W. Luzerne St.
  • February 13, 6:30 PM at Northeast H.S. 1601 Cottman Ave.
  • February 16, 6:30 PM at Bartram H.S. 2401 S. 67th St.
  • February 18, 9:00 AM at South Philadelphia H.S. 2101 S. Broad St.
  • February 21, 6:30 AM at Leeds Middle School 1100 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave.

Please join. No RSVPs required.

CHANGES IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE CAO IN DELAWARE COUNTY



The list below is the geographic breakdown for the County Assistance Offices in Delaware County. The towns that are all in capitals are the ones assigned to the Chester office. The others are assigned to the Darby office. You can find a listing of the contact information for these and other offices at Department
of Public Welfare’s website
.


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