In this Update:
Community Blood Drive NEXT THURSDAY!
Next Thursday, August 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., I will be partnering with the American Red Cross for a Community Blood Drive at my Monroe County district office in Scotrun. CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment. My Scotrun office is located at: 2398 Route 611, Scotrun, PA 18355. We are currently experiencing a severe national blood shortage and need your help! Your donation can save a life!
Northampton County Small Business Grant Program
The Northampton County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant Program has re-opened and is now accepting applications! Northampton County Council has approved this Grant Program and partnered with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to distribute $15 million dollars of ARP Funds to Northampton County small businesses with 100 or fewer employees.
Please visit https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/norcogrants.html to view or download the eligibility guidelines and to apply for up to $15,000 to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 related expenses.
Please Note: This grant is eligible to businesses that have NOT previously received the Northampton County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant.
Deadline to apply: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
For more information or any questions, please reach out to Jessica O’Donnell at 610-673 4010 or Brittany Keal 610-295-9824.
Veterans Assistance Office Hours Have Resumed
Veterans Assistance office hours are again be offered in person at both of my district offices. During the pandemic, this service was still available to assist veterans but only by phone. We are thrilled to once again offer in person appointments with an American Legion Service Officer, conveniently located at my district offices. If you would like to setup an appointment for a veteran please call the office which is most convenient for you.
Pen Argyl (Northampton County):
Appointments are available on the third Wednesday of each month between the hours of 10am and 2:30pm. For appointments please call 610-863-1200
Scotrun (Monroe County):
Appointments are available on the second Tuesday of each month between the hours of 10am and 2:30pm. For appointments please call 570-620-4326
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Available
The federal eviction moratorium ends Sat. July 31st. Families facing eviction can find help through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). These state appropriated federal dollars can provide help for renters as well as landlords.
For those residing in the Northampton County portion of my district you can contact Third Street Alliance for Women & Children for more info and to apply. Northampton County tenants can start by calling Tenant Navigators Ziana Keith at 610-438-1763 or Elizabeth T. Reyes at 610-258-6272 to begin the application process, or start it online.
Legislative Review: Pandemic Response
When Pennsylvania voters chose overwhelmingly this year to amend the state Constitution and limit the length of a governor’s unchecked emergency powers, they were weighing in on ballot questions created through Senate legislation.
Other measures passed by the Senate this year to safely respond to the COVID-19 pandemic include:
Act 1 of 2021 amending the state Fiscal Code to allocate $569.8 million for Rental and Utility Assistance, $197 million for education programs, and $145 million to support Pennsylvania’s struggling restaurants and taverns as they cope with the devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s mandated closings and restrictions.
Act 21 of 2021 ensuring all waivers previously effective under the COVID-19 emergency will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2021, unless sooner terminated by the authority which initially authorized the waiver.
Act 67 of 2021 allowing family members to safely visit long-term care facilities during a pandemic as essential caregivers.
Senate Resolution 90 extending the emergency temporary rules adopted to maintain continuity of operations of the Senate during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.
House Resolution 106 terminating the pandemic emergency declaration and ending the governor’s power to close employers, limit occupancy, suspend state statutes or issue stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19.
You can find a full list of bills of note passed by the Senate in 2021 here.
Senate Hearing Explores the Impact of the PA Workforce Shortage
The economic impact of the workforce shortage facing Pennsylvania employers was the topic of a public hearing Wednesday by the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.
Pennsylvania is facing a serious workforce crisis that is threatening our employers and slowing our economic recovery. Businesses across the Commonwealth have been forced to curtail their hours of operation or even close because of a workforce shortage. The panel heard from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, local employers and the PA Restaurant and Lodging Association in order to fully identify the employers’ needs and the role the General Assembly can play in creating an environment for economic growth and job creation.
You can view hearing video and more here.
DMVA: Important to Safeguard DD-214 Military Paperwork
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