Black Lives Matter
This week in Harrisburg, progress began on addressing police brutality. In the Senate, we passed a ban on police chokeholds. We also passed a requirement for local police departments in the Commonwealth to create written use of force policies.
The PA House passed proposals to create a statewide database of officer separation records, and a requirement for PTSD evaluations of police officers within 30 days of a lethal force incident.
I support these reforms, but we have a long way to go. These proposals must be approved by both chambers and receive the Governor’s signature to become law. Stay tuned for further developments.
For more on racial justice legislation, visit www.senatorhaywood.com/racialjustice.
$225M Small Business Grant Teleconference
On Tuesday, June 30th, at 8:00 a.m., I will host a teleconference to discuss the $225 million COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grant program. I will be joined by members of Reinvestment Fund and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution. On the call, businesses will have an opportunity to learn about how to receive grants.
To participate in the teleconference, please e-mail email@example.com. Include your name, title/organization, and 1-2 questions you have about the program. My staff will respond with log-in information. For more information on this funding, please go here.
Applications open on June 30th, 2020. Please join our call to prepare to apply quickly!
Rental Assistance Update
Next Monday, June 29th, applications for $175 million of state funding for rental and mortgage assistance will be available. The program is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Completed applications can be submitted for review starting on July 6th. Visit www.PHFA.org on Monday for details and eligibility criteria.
PHFA’s call center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer questions. Call 1-855-827-3466 for assistance. County organizations will also be able to assist. We will share information about our partners in the 4th District once it becomes available.
Reporting Fireworks Complaints
We are aware of an increasing number of fireworks complaints. Some small fireworks are legal, including firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. However, “display fireworks,” professional-grade aerial shells, and explosives are illegal without a permit.
Additionally, it is illegal to:
- Discharge fireworks from or within a motor vehicle or building.
- Discharge fireworks on any property without express permission of the owner.
- Discharge fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure whether or not a person is actually present, or under trees or power lines.
- Discharge fireworks while a person is under the influence.
- Sell fireworks without a license.
Fireworks can be upsetting to pets, children, people suffering from PTSD, and others. Please be considerate. If you see any of the above violations, please call 911 or your local police district or department. Local ordinances might also apply. Please check with your local municipality for additional regulations.
Reminder: LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program Open
Low-income customers impacted by COVID-19 with past-due utility bills may be eligible for up to $800. Funding is available through the LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program. Renters and homeowners can apply through August 31, 2020, or until funds expire.
You can apply online using the online Compass portal. PGW customers who received a LIHEAP grant this past winter can call 215-560-1583 to apply over the phone. Paper applications are also available for download here.
If you require additional utility assistance information, call my office at (215) 242-8171.
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You’ve Got a Friend, by James Taylor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEkIou3WFnM
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