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May 31st Newsletter – CAAP

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAAP News Update – May 31, 2019
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STEP Hosts the First Stop of Senator Haywood's Poverty Listening Tour

On May 23rd, the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action, better known as STEP, welcomed State Senators Art Haywood and Vincent Hughes, both Democrats from the Philadelphia area, to the Clinton County Community Center for the Central Region stop of the 5-stop Poverty Listening Tour…

Current and former clients of STEP, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Center for Community Action, and Trehab spoke about their journeys toward self-sufficiency and the services they obtained through their local Community Action Agencies – view video overview of Senator Haywood’s tour.

The Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Selects New Executive Director

The Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency has appointed Jim Wansacz…as its new executive director, effective July 1…Wansacz is a former member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly serving in the House of Representatives from the 114th District from 2000 to 2010.  He was also elected as a Lackawanna County Commissioner in 2012 and served a four-year term that included chairmanship of the county's board of commissioners.  Most recently, he served as SLHDA's director of weatherization services and SLRDC…

CAAP/DCED Annual Community Action Symposium

See newsletter for summary of conference events and access to speaker presentations.

2019 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award Nominations Are Now Live

See newsletter for info on the CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards.

The Impact of Eviction on Low-Income Families

On May 14, the Pennsylvania State House Urban Affairs committee passed a bill that would shorten the process of eviction of a tenant by more than a week.  The bill is supported by landlord groups like the Pennsylvania Apartment Association and opposed by tenant and low-income advocacy groups like the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania – see newsletter for the full story including concerns with cutting the time a tenant has to vacate after an eviction ruling.

New Proposal by the Trump Administration Would Redefine Poverty Measures

A new proposal made by the Trump administration on May 6th is seeking comments on changing the rate of inflation used when measuring poverty. This proposal would have long-term effects on safety-net program eligibility for basic assistance and would effectively reduce the number of people who qualify for benefits – see newsletter for full story with June 21 deadline to submit comments to OMB.

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