Reopen the Economy Safely
Vote-by-Mail Telephone Town Hall
On Monday, 18 May, at 6:10 p.m., I will host a Telephone Town Hall about vote-by-mail. My guests will include Congressman Dwight Evans, Philadelphia City Commissioner Omar Sabir, Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Senator Larry Farnese, Senator Vincent Hughes, Senator Sharif Street, and Senator Anthony Williams. We will discuss the safety and security of voting-by-mail. To join by phone or submit a question, register on my website. Listen online at https://vekeo.com/senatorhaywood. The deadline to apply to vote-by-mail is Tuesday, 26 May. Please spread the word.
Housing Relief Plan
Many are struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to the pandemic. I am leading an effort with housing stakeholders and legislators from both parties to use federal emergency money for eviction and foreclosure relief. Our priorities include:
- $75 million for foreclosure prevention;
- $40 million monthly for seven months ending December 2020 for eviction rental assistance;
- $40 million for homeless shelter support;
- $10 million for legal representation of individuals.
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, and Regional Housing Legal Services are among the supporters of this plan, which includes key aspects of the PA CARES Plan of the PA Senate Democrats. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support these solutions.
Haywood Academy Webinar
On Tuesday, 19 May, from 3-4 p.m., I am taking questions live from teenagers who are interested in social and political change in a Haywood Academy at Arcadia University ZOOM conversation. Carole Loeffler, Chairperson of the Art Department at Arcadia University, will also be on the call to discuss activism through art, known as “craftivism.” To join, please register for the Zoom meeting.
New LIHEAP Program Opens May 18th
Starting Monday, 18 May, the PA Department of Human Services will open a new LIHEAP program, the “LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program.” The program will provide a supplemental payment to households that received a LIHEAP crisis grant during the 2019-20 LIHEAP season. The maximum award is $800. The program will run through 31 August or until funding expires. To qualify, Pennsylvanians must:
- Have notification that their utility service will be shut off in the next 60 days;
- Have their main or secondary energy source completely shut-off;
- Be in danger of running out of fuel in 15 days, or have no fuel; or
- Owe enough funds to constitute a service termination if the Public Utility Commission’s temporary moratorium on terminations were not in effect.
DHS will release more information soon. Please follow me for more updates.
Musical Mood Boost
Keep up the great work – don’t stop. Although, you can stop to enjoy this song. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM
Be the Light,
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