Show Your Support for the Housing Trust Fund
Exciting news! Bills supporting the Housing Trust Fund/PHARE have now passed UNANIMOUSLY in the House and the Senate! Right now PHARE has provided Shale counties with over $26 million since 2012 for home repairs, rehab, demolition, and new construction, changing lives and communities. It's time to share the success across all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, without raising taxes or using obligated funds.
Let your elected officials in Harrisburg know that you support homes within reach of all Pennsylvanians and policies that allow the housing market to meet the needs of our economy.
Please ask Senators to VOTE YES on the House bill, HB 792, which is in the Senate. If they do that the bill can go directly to Governor Wolf.
Act for Mercy and Justice
Send the following message to your elected officials in Congress urging them to respond to Pope Francis’ challenge to build a just society for poor and struggling Americans.
Send a message to Congress: Respond to Pope Francis by working to end poverty in America.
Protect Welfare Access for Women in Recovery- Oppose PA House Bill 222
Urgent- a bill currently in the Pennsylvania State House would prevent women in recovery from getting the help they need! Over ten years ago we worked together to get the lifetime ban on benefits lifted in Pennsylvania, so that women in recovery could get the help they need to rebuild their lives and their families. Now a bill is pending in the state House of Representatives that would re-impose the lifetime ban—women with felony drug convictions, even for small amounts of drugs, would be unable to get public benefits for the rest of their lives. Women’s addictions often result from physical or sexual abuse, and their efforts to self-medicate the pain of abuse in the absence of other resources. Women’s convictions often result from small amounts of drugs, and often occur in the context of coercion resulting from abuse or human trafficking.Please support women struggling to recover from addictions and from abuse, and ask your state Representative to OPPOSE HB 222. It is expected to be voted on early next week.
Please also call or write Majority Leader Dave Reed and ask him to help women who are struggling to overcome the effects of addictions, sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking, and let them get the help they need. Ask him to stop HB 222.Honorable Dave Reed110 Main Capitol BuildingHarrisburg, PA 17120-2062(717-705-7173Fax: (717) 705-1947Thanks for your help on this urgent issue.
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Show Your Support for the Housing Trust Fund
This afternoon the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 792 by a vote of 195 to ZERO to expand funding for the State Housing Trust Fund (also known as PHARE) without increasing taxes, imposing a new fee, or using funds that are currently appropriated.
The bill now moves to the Pennsylvania Senate for consideration.
We gratefully acknowledge the leadership of the bill's primary sponsor, State Representative Tom Killion, for his leadership.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to speak up for a home within reach of the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
Onward to the Senate!
May 30: Exciting news! The 2015 Housing Trust Fund/PHARE bill will be voted on by the entire House on Tuesday, June 2, 2015! Right now PHARE has provided Shale counties with over $26 million since 2012 for home repairs, rehab, demolition, and new construction, changing lives and communities. It's time to share the success across all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, without raising taxes or using obligated funds. We would greatly appreciate if you could sign a letter to your representative urging them to sign House Bill 792- it is time to provide assistance to people who need it across the state!
Please ask Representatives to VOTE YES on House Bill 792 when it comes up for a vote by the full House June 2!
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We can end hunger and homelessness!
Next September, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States. This is an historic moment that presents both profound challenges and opportunities for our nation.
This dynamic pope has seized the imagination of millions around the globe - Catholic and non-Catholic alike. This is in large part because he has spoken out so forcibly about those who are poor and suffering. In an era where the world economy seems inexorably structured to promote greater inequalities and dehumanization, the Pope urges us to hear the cry of our suffering sisters and brothers.
May we seize the historic moment of Pope Francis’s visit to reshape our nation into one in which all persons have true freedom and dignity, in which families are healthy and stable, where adequate social supports, education, and economic opportunity empower every member of our community to flourish and contribute to a common good.
In our efforts to create a just society, we recommend concerted advocacy on the following specific national policies over the next 12 months. We have determined these policy proposals (focused particularly on hunger and homelessness) to be immediate, urgent, concrete, and achievable.
Email your elected officials in Washington DC and ask them to be part of the solution!
Ask Your Legislators in Urban Affairs Committees to Vote YES on the Housing Trust Fund
Ask legislators to vote YES SB 566 and HB 792 when the bill is before the Urban Affairs Committees so the Housing Trust Fund can get passed this year!
Show Support for the Hub of Hope
As you may have read in the news in recent weeks, Project HOME’s Hub of Hope winter outreach initiative has been unexpectedly and indefinitely delayed. For the last 3 years, the Hub has operated out of a storefront in the subway concourses, providing coffee, a reprieve from the bitter cold, and social and health services to individuals experiencing long-term homelessness. Though slated to begin offering services at the start of January, the Hub’s storefront space has been denied, and these important and accessible services have been denied to those who need them.
For weeks, the supplies, staff, and volunteers are ready to support this service opportunity. We have come up against roadblocks at nearly every turn, and all of us at Project HOME, our allies, and others invested in bringing an end to homelessness have been exhausting our efforts in bringing the Hub of Hope and its resources to those who have needed it. We are now calling on our communities for public support.
Please sign below to express your support for the Hub of Hope as we try to move beyond these roadblocks and set up the Hub’s services in the concourse where it is most accessible to the homeless community.
Fund the Housing Trust Fund in 2015
The cold winter months are here, and too many Pennsylvanians don't have access to safe, warm and affordable homes. Encourage your legislators to sign on to Rep. Killion's and Senators Vogel and Kitchen's co-sponsor memos for the 2015 Housing Trust Fund/PHARE bills. PHARE works and has provided shale counties with over $26M since 2012 for home repairs, rehab, demolition, and new construction. These bills provide funding for all 67 counties.
Now is the time to act, and ensure that the most vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania can stay out of the cold.
Thank Governor-Elect Tom Wolf for his commitments to housing, jobs, and services
The Vote for Homes! Coalition is asking Pennsylvania’s incoming new Governor Tom Wolf to join our fight for affordable housing, living wage jobs, and quality services. Join us in thanking him for his commitments in our Voter's Guide.
Still Time to Fund the Fund
They're going home while people are still homeless and there are solutions ready to be put into action?The 2013-14 legislative session ends on November 30, but the House and Senate are leaving later today, October 15, with business left unfinished. Email your senator and representative TODAY to express your disappointment and dismay that they are leaving Harrisburg without funding the Housing Trust Fund. Ask them to come back to work in November and move HB 2434 and SB 1380 so that Pennsylvanians don’t have to stay in their cars or on the streets in the harsh winter months.
We know how to solve these problems. The Housing Trust Fund (also known as PHARE, the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund) is a success in counties with shale wells. Let’s build on that success NOW and make the Housing Trust Fund statewide.
Stop the Cuts and Focus on Budget Solutions
Send a message to your Pennsylvania Elected Officials to stop additional cuts. We have solutions: Raise needed revenue, expand Medicaid, and fund the Pennsylvania Housing Trust Fund.
Housing Solutions - Fund the Fund!
Help secure funding for the Pennsylvania Housing Fund! With $25 million, the PA Housing Trust Fund can provide rental assistance to 2,500 households, or demolish 2,500 blighted homes, or keep people out of costly nursing homes by providing 1,700 home modifications. This investment in housing will create up to 500 jobs.
Please email your Pennsylvania State Senator today so we can end homelessness, fight blight, and create jobs all in one bill – the Vogel-Kitchen bill. Ask your PA State Senator to co-sponsor the Vogel-Kitchen bill which will directs $25 million of new revenue collected from the Realty Transfer Tax (RTT) to the Housing Trust Fund.
Take Action: Support Housing and Jobs in PA
Please contact your Pennsylvania State Representative’s office today. Tell them we need to update and expand the Neighborhood Assistance Program(NAP) in order for it to provide more affordable homes, create job growth, stabilize communities, and improve the economy.
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Tell Congress to Protect SNAP Benefits
U.S. Congress is currently working out a deal to slash $8.7 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) in the renewal of the Farm Bill. According to Feeding Pennsylvania, an estimated 175,000 households in our state would lose an average of $65 per month, or $136 million in total lost SNAP benefits.
In November 2013, 47 million people already saw their food stamps reduced with the expiration of a boost in benefits during the recession. If these proposed cuts take place, even more low-income Americans will be dropped from a program. This will have a devastating impact on our most vulnerable residents, particularly children and seniors.
Make your voice heard today by sending an email below. Tell Congress to protect SNAP so that millions of Americans can continue to get the food assistance they need. Our community depends on it.
Please note: If you are in a state outside of PA, please make sure to change the language in the e-mail body.
Help Create a REAL "Healthy PA" by January 13
***THE COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for taking action.***
On December 6, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare released its proposed health insurance plan, which it calls “Healthy PA.” Although it is presented as the state’s Medicaid Expansion proposal, it would also scale back benefits for the more-than-1,000,000 current Medicaid recipients in Pennsylvania. In addition to scaled back benefits, the plan proposes new cost-sharing (fees for participants) and a job search or employment requirement. It is important that Medicaid reform NOT reduce coverage for more than a million people already on Medicaid -- seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable individuals and families.
Please help before January 13, when the public comment period ends! Talking points are at the bottom of this page (just cut and paste your concerns) or create your own. You can also read the plan directly or sign up to attend public hearings.
Send comments directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare:
Tell Congress: Protect My SNAP Benefits
This November, 47 million Americans are seeing their SNAP benefits (food stamps) reduced with the expiration of a boost in benefits during the recession. This means a reduction of $36 a month for a family of four, equivalent to 21 meals according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Now Congress is considering further cuts to SNAP through the Farm Bill, as much as $40 billion over the next 10 years. If these cuts take place, an estimated 3.8 million low-income Americans will be dropped from the program. In Pennsylvania, 1.8 million people who rely on SNAP will be affected.
Make your voice heard today. If you are personally impacted by these cuts, take action by sending your story to your elected officials.
Tell Congress to protect SNAP so that you and millions of other American families and seniors can continue to get necessary food assistance.
Tell Congress to Protect SNAP Benefits
Starting November 1st, 47 million Americans are seeing their SNAP benefits (food stamps) reduced with the expiration of a boost in benefits during the recession. A family of four will lose $36 a month in a food assistance, equivalent to 21 meals.
Now, Congress is considering further cuts to SNAP through the Farm Bill, as much as $40 billion over the next 10 years. If these cuts take place, an estimated 3.8 million low-income Americans will be dropped from the program. In Pennsylvania, 1.8 million people who rely on SNAP will be affected.
Make your voice heard today by sending an email below. (If you are personally impacted by these cuts, click here to send your story to your elected officials.)
Tell Congress to protect SNAP so that millions of Americans can continue to get the food assistance they need. Our community depends on it. (Note: If you are in a state outside of PA, please make sure to change the language in the email body.)
Send Feedback to Gov. Corbett about Healthy PA
After months of advocacyfrom Project HOME supporters and other advocates, Governor Corbett announced his plans on September 18, 2013 to move forward with Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. This is only a proposed plan and needs to be approved by the Federal Government. Join us in sending feedback to the Governor to make sure that the plan will expand coverage in a way that truly benefits Pennsylvania families and taxpayers.
Medicaid Expansion is Still Possible! Email Your Reps Today!
On June 30, 2013, the Pennsylvania Senate took the first step in bringing the benefits of Medicaid Expansion -- for families, hospitals, and our economy -- to Pennsylvania. The full Senate voted by a 40 to 10 margin to amend the current welfare code to include Medicaid Expansion.
This was a huge step forward in the fight to bring Medicaid Expansion to Pennsylvania. These Senators opened the door to expanding health care coverage to over 500,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians, creating 40,000 new, good-paying jobs, and saving state taxpayers billions of dollars in the next decade.
Unfortunately, this did not pass in the House. The fight to expand health care is not over. We've got to stay active and let our supporters know we've got their back.
Help us do that by sending an e-mail to your elected officials to thank them if they voted for Medicaid Expansion or to encourage them to vote for it in the future.
While we have created a sample email that will go directly to your legislators, we strongly encourage you to make your message unique so that it will stand out among the many messages they will being receiving! Please identify yourself and write a brief statement about what Medicaid Expansion means to you. Tell your legislators why you're interested in this issue, especially if it means that you will be able to receive healthcare.
In addition to a personalized message, consider changing the subject line as well. Examples include:
- Expand Medicaid NOW!!
- Support healthcare for all Pennyslvanians! Pass Medicaid Expansion!
- GIVE ME HEALTHCARE!
Be creative! As their constituents, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard.
Take A Stand Against Gun Violence
Project HOME has joined together with CeaseFirePA, a coalition of Pennsylvanians, mayors, police chefs, faith leaders, and communities, to take a stand against gun violence in Pennsylvania.
Currently, in Pennsylvania, you can buy rifles or long guns in a private sale -- that is any sale not from a federally licensed dealer -- without a background check.
Under a bill pending in Harrisburg, H.B. 1010, introduced earlier this session by Steve Santarsiero (D, Bucks), such sales would require background checks. If this bill were law, abusers and criminals would not have unchecked avenues to obtain guns.
Enter your zipcode below to send a personalized message to our lawmakers in Harrisburg.
Support Senate Budget Effort to Restore Some Housing Programs in the Federal Budget
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Make Medicaid Work in PA! We CAN "Cover the Commonwealth!"
Right now, Pennsylvania has a historic opportunity to offer 700,000 Pennsylvanians health insurance through Medicaid Expansion. This will provide peace of mind for thousands of low-income families and individuals, AND create hundreds of jobs, save the state billions of dollars, and strengthen our economy.
Through expansion, the federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost to fund Medicaid through 2016. It will continue to cover 90 percent of costs after that, saving the state $38 billion in future years.
However, without expansion, working families and individuals will be left with no coverage -- ineligible for Medicaid and/or subsidies for health coverage. Without health insurance, individuals and families may turn to emergency services, putting a huge fiscal burden on the state. This will be especially devastating to our health care industry, causing hospital closures and catastrophic job losses. Our health system is in danger of losing $9 billion in federal funding without Medicaid expansion.
In his budget address, Governor Tom Corbett stated that he "could not recommend" Medicaid expansion for Pennsylvania. Activists and health advocates urge him to keep the door open and the dialogue moving. Fourteen other states have already opted-in and Medicaid expansion has support from key Republican legislators across the country.
Please contact your legislators and representatives and URGE them to have Pennsylvania "opt-in" to Medicaid expansion. Tell them that if we don't accept this money, 700,000 people, including working parents and individuals, could be left uninsured and Pennsylvania will spend $38 billion more than it has to.
Take a Stand Against Gun Violence
Pennsylvanians are demanding that 2013 be a year of action to end gun-related tragedies. CeaseFirePA, a coalition of Pennsylvanians, mayors, police chefs, faith leaders, and communities, is taking a stand against gun violence in Pennsylvania. As our new state legislature arrives in Harrisburg, we’ll be gathering together to greet them with a call to action to stop gun violence in Pennsylvania. We want to send a strong message to state legislators that we need common sense reforms that create stronger gun laws in our state and protect our communities from violence.
Please join CeaseFirePA supporters for a Day of Action against Gun Violence. Together, we can send a clear message that we won’t wait any longer for common sense reforms that create stronger gun laws in our state.
CeaseFirePA Day of Action
Wednesday, January 23rd
East Wing of Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA
12:00 p.m. EST
1,200 Pennsylvanians are shot and killed with a gun every single year - yet virtually no action comes from our state or federal government to do anything about it.Send an email to our Pennsylvania Senators urging them take action to fight back against the tide of illegal guns that fuels violence in our communities. Ask them to join with you in taking a stand against gun violence.
Tell US Senators and House Representatives from PA to protect housing and homeless programs in the Federal Budget.
As part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, across-the-board cuts in many federal programs are scheduled to go into effect in March 2013. This will include cuts of over 8% from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget that currently supports homeless, housing, and community development work. These cuts would have a disastrous impact on tens of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians and create economic hardships for many Pennsylvania communities.
Send an email to our United States Senators and House Representatives from Pennsylvania (and their housing staff) urging them to protect critically needed federal housing funds. Tell them to ensure that as part of any deficit reduction plan, we must protect affordable housing and community development programs for the most vulnerable Americans. Please add stories of local impact if you can to personalize the email.
TELL YOUR STATE REPS: Restore General Assistance in PA House Budget
Our state budget reflects our values. It is a statement of what matters most. Like you, we believe:
- No child should be homeless. In fact, no one should be homeless.
- People with disabilities and older adults should be able to live safely and with dignity.
- Women and children should be able to live free from violence, especially in their own homes.
We must ensure that our Pennsylvania state budget reflects our values by restoring General Assistance. General Assistance protects those most in need and saves taxpayers’ money.
The budget is moving fast. We need you to email your State House Representative TODAY to restore this cost-effective prevention program.
PA Cares for All: Coalition to Save GA
Project H.O.M.E. is a member of the PA Cares for All: Coalition to Save General Assistance, a statewide coalition of over 100 organizations opposing cuts to General Assistance programs. We joined because Governor Corbett's proposed 2012-13 state budget makes massive cuts in critically needed human services programs, as well as in education and health care, while giving major tax breaks for corporations.
Among the proposed budget cuts many are troubled by the proposal to eliminate the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program and the dramatic slash funding for GA-related Medical Assistance. These cuts will eliminate a lifeline for people in desperate crisis. We urge you to help us communicate to our legislative leaders that these cuts need to be reversed in the final 2012-13 budget. Sign the coalition petition today!
By signing the petition you are expressing your opposition to our elected officials about the unnecessary elimination and cuts to GA programs and have the option to joining with PA Cares for All. If you don't want you name added to the coalition, simply unclick the box below.
Urge Your Legislator To Restore State Budget Cuts, Raise Revenue!
Governor Corbett’s proposed 2012-13 state budget makes massive cuts in critically needed human services programs, as well as in education and health care, while giving major tax breaks for corporations.
We need to send a message to our legislators that we must not slash the social safety net for economically struggling and vulnerable Pennsylvanians– which will only bring greater costs for local communities. We need a budget that truly helps create jobs, builds a strong economy, and helps all Pennsylvanians reach their full potential. Send a message to your legislator today!
Urge your legislator to:
- Restore funding for critically needed programs for vulnerable citizens, including General Assistance and other human services programs.
- Invest in vital services like education and health care that are the true path to economic growth.
- Work for a budget takes a balanced approach that includes sufficient revenue, closes corporate tax loopholes, and ends special tax breaks.
Visit the PA Cares For All coalition website for more information on efforts to restore General Assistance.
- Restore funding for critically needed programs for vulnerable citizens, including General Assistance and other human services programs.
Tell Governor Corbett to VETO Voter Suppression Bill
Protect Our Vote Today
03/14/12 UPDATE: The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 104-88 to pass the Voter Suppression Bill (HB 934) this afternoon after three days of contentious debate. The bill, which was passed by the state Senate last Wednesday, now heads to Gov. Tom Corbett. Since the Governor has been actively engaged in promoting the legislation, it is expected he will sign it quickly, however we are encouraging every defender of voting rights to contact Gov. Corbett AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to communicate strong opposition to the Voter Suppression Bill and to call on him to veto it.
Click here for background info on the Voter Suppression Bill.
THIS COULD BE OUR FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO STOP THE VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL, SO YOUR ACTION IS ESSENTIAL!
We thank you for all your efforts to oppose the Voter Suppression Bill in the state legislature. Now please help us to defend voting rights in Pennsylvania by keeping the pressure on Gov. Tom Corbett. We have a lot of work ahead of us to educate the public & ensure that all eligible voters get the ID they will need in order to vote this November. We will keep you posted on next steps and how you can get involved in these ongoing efforts to protect our vote.(Note: If you get an error message because of the Corbett webform, please enter "PA" in the requested box. If your address does not come up easily, please enter your nine digit zip code. If you are not from Pennsylvania, please forward this link to connections in Pennsylvania.)