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January 2019 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

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CAAP News Update – January 2019
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Pennsylvania’s Human Services Data Dashboard

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services provides easily assessable resources to making data-driven decisions for human service providers:

Free Online Resource That Helps U.S. Immigrants Apply for Citizenship

As their motto states, immi.org is “free and simple information for immigrants”.  IMMI is a free online immigration database that Community Action Agencies can use to help their clients understand the process of applying for citizenship.  The website (which can be viewed both in Spanish or English), has an online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services. With these resources, Immi users can learn their eligibility for citizenship, who to contact, and what to do if they’re not eligible – see newsletter to learn additional features of IMMI.

Pennsylvania holds the embarrassing distinction of paying the lowest minimum wage in this part of the country

As they welcome in 2019, 20 states and 24 U.S. cities and counties are increasing their minimum wages. While the federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour since 2009, many states and local municipalities have committed to raising minimum wages in an effort to gradually achieve a living wage, as $7.25 per hour is not conducive to an adequate standard of living…

Interactive map of minimum wages by state and city – see newsletter for more information.

Picking Up the Pieces: Effects of Longest Government Shutdown on Federal Safety Net Programs

See newsletter for details on the shutdown’s effect on HUD programs, TANF funding and SNAP.

The issues that plagued our families during the shutdown had a seriously negative impact on hardworking individuals who were utilizing critical human service programs to help stabilize their resources as they worked to regain their financial independence

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