App connects students and families experiencing homelessness with resources

WILKES-BARRE – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced this week the creation of Finding Your Way in PA – a Pennsylvania-based mobile and desktop application developed by the Center for Schools and Communities to help connect homeless students and families with local services and resources.

“It’s critically important that we remove the barriers homeless students face to help them learn, grow and thrive in a continuous and seamless way, and this new app brings that help into the 21st century,” said Acting Education Secretary Eric Hagarty. “With this innovative new resource, Pennsylvanians can access free help 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a mobile phone or desktop computer. Users without access to these devices are encouraged to visit their local library or community center for help and support.

While using the app, users can search and request help with services and resources in their current location, in local communities, and throughout Pennsylvania to connect them with helpful supports.

The app is available on three platforms (Web, Google Play Store and Apple App Store), features a simple design with list and map view to easily find and connect to services, has a chatbot that helps users to find services and lists various national crisis hotlines that can provide users with emotional support.

The development of the app was supported by the American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) program. This program provides homeless children and youth with comprehensive services and enables them to attend school and fully participate in school activities. Finding Your Way in PA supports educational stability and works to foster positive academic outcomes so that students and families experiencing housing instability can succeed in school, work, and life.

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Pennsylvania ECYEH) Program was created to ensure young people have access to free and appropriate public education while removing barriers faced by homeless children. Its goal is to ensure that the educational process continues as uninterrupted as possible while children are homeless.

Some of the other main goals of the Pennsylvania Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program are to inform local school districts of their responsibilities to these children and youth, to increase awareness of their needs, to explain applicable laws and policies and provide practical advice for working with these children.

Veteran Update

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Senator Pat Stefano (R-32), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, and Senator Joe Pittman (R-41), chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Affairs and Housing, this week hosted a joint hearing to learn about the progress being made in addressing Veteran homelessness, as well as what improvements can still be made.

Witnesses explained that close collaboration between federal, state and community partners is essential to most effectively assist veterans – especially when they have circumstances that present unique challenges like being responsible for a large family or of a pet.

“Housing instability affecting the older veteran population, female veterans or veterans caring for children, and veterans who have pets, must be considered when developing plans for emergency shelter beds, transitional housing, and creating more affordable and accessible housing,” Brick said. Gen. Maureen Weigl, assistant adjutant general for veterans, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Other witnesses pointed to difficulties, including not having DD-214 papers for veterans, delaying the ability to connect veterans to services and programs for them, and the income threshold. for these services being too low.

An example of a community program to help veterans is Veterans Place on Washington Boulevard in Pittsburgh, which provides a safe haven where veterans can continue their recovery from chronic mental illness.

“Today we heard about the great work being done at Veterans Place on Washington Boulevard, as well as other ways groups are trying to help veterans, including small houses and faith-based councils,” Stefano said. “A lot is being done for the benefit of our veterans, and it’s important to get the word out so they know about the services available to help them move forward in their lives.

In-Person Services for UC Applicants

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Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced this week that in-person services for Unemployment Compensation (UC) claimants are now available by appointment at all PA Centers Commonwealth CareerLink®.

A total of 58 PA CareerLink® centers are accepting appointments to help applicants with their cases.

“The unemployment compensation system plays a vital role in ensuring that Pennsylvanians and their families stay financially afloat in times of need. By expanding in-person support and availability to all CareerLink offices, L&I continues to fulfill its mission to serve all Pennsylvanians facing economic hardship – and that starts with directly addressing the challenges faced by underserved populations and ensuring equitable access to UC services,” says Berrier.

In-person services are a direct result of funding the department received in March 2022 through a $6.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, designed specifically to promote equitable access to UC programs and remove barriers to certain populations are confronted to obtain services. Since the program launched in May, L&I has used this federal funding to serve and assist more than 4,500 UC applicants across Pennsylvania.

In-person services for UC Seekers are designed to help people who lack the appropriate technology, equipment, or technical skills; people without home or broadband Internet access; and people with limited English proficiency.

• PA CareerLink® Wilkes-Barre, 32 East Union St., Wilkes-Barre, 570-822-1101

• PA CareerLink® Hazleton, 75 North Laurel St., Hazleton, PA 18201, 570-459-3854

Meuser criticizes the project

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U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Dallas, recently joined other members of the House Small Business Committee this week in writing a letter of concern about burdensome regulations for small businesses and farmers regarding a proposal to disclose the greenhouse gases they would be required to report. .

Meuser said 12 lawmakers were joined by 91 other groups, including the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the Small Business Alliance. The American Farm Bureau Federation and numerous banking associations in the message to the Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler.

The letter said in part:

“Time and time again, Democrats always find a way to inflict harm on small businesses through unnecessary regulations. This time, (Chairman) Biden’s SEC is mandating greenhouse gas disclosure for everyone up and down the value chain. This regulation will not only impact small businesses and small farmers, but also the lenders who support all of our local communities. Plain and simple, the SEC ignores the needs of the most small businesses across the country battling the worst inflation in 40 years.

According to the letter, the proposed rule change would require publicly traded companies to disclose enhanced climate information, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of their Scope 1 and Scope 2 disclosures. The proposed rule adds an additional step, requiring reporters to disclose Scope 3 emissions, including “all indirect GHG emissions not otherwise listed in a reporter’s Scope 2 emissions, that occur in the activities upstream and downstream of a registrant’s value chain”.

The Scope 3 requirement has the potential to extend beyond registrants to nearly every private entity in the country, including those that lack the resources to comply with the request. For example, a farm that supplies animal feed to a publicly traded company would be required to report GHG emissions information as required by Scope 3 as part of the “value chain” of a listed company.

Financial institutions would also be affected. In a public comment letter, the institutions indicated that they would not be able to collect GHG data from private companies and that it would be nearly impossible to conduct a full risk analysis.

“Small businesses and farmers have suffered tremendously from inflationary pressures over the past 18 months,” Meuser pointed out. “Adding binding regulations to this is unacceptable. We hope the Chairman of the SEC realizes that our concerns are in the best interests of those struggling during the prolonged poor economic climate.

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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