As our district enters the green phase of reopening today, let’s continue to support local businesses, wear our masks, wash our hands, and stay socially distanced whenever possible. Our communities have done a wonderful job of flattening the curve, but the pandemic is not over, and we need to remain safe and conscientious. Let’s make sure our case numbers continue on a downward trajectory so we avoid the surges we are seeing in other states. For more information on what to expect in the green phase, click here.
Below, you can find important information on new small business grants, financial assistance for renters and homeowners, legislative updates and more.
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Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Small Business Grant Application Window Opens June 30
The application window for the new COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program is expected to open on Tuesday, June 30 and the first round will remain open for 10 business days. Applications will continue to be accepted after that for future rounds.
To be eligible to apply, a business must:
- Be physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of their revenues in Pennsylvania;
- Have annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and
- Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020
The program is funded through federal CARES Act funds and includes $100 million in Historically Disadvantaged Revitalization Grants and $100 million in Main Street Business Revitalization Grants. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. Take a look at the flyer above for additional information on the documentation you will need to apply. I encourage you to visit the application portal website as well and sign up for email alerts.
Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners
Individuals who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes. Applications will be available starting Monday, June 29, and application submissions can begin Monday, July 6. You can find the application on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website on the 29th.
For more information on eligibility requirements, see the PHFA’s press release. Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month, and eligible homeowners may receive up to $1,000 a month, both for a maximum period of six months.
In May, the PA General Assembly directed $175 million in federal CARES dollars to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million, and $25 million was set aside for mortgage assistance.
Criminal Justice Reform
This week, the PA Senate unanimously passed legislation that would require every local police department to adopt a use of force policy that bans choke holds (Senator Street’s SB 1205), and report every use of force to the State Police with details of the incident (Senator Costa’s SB 459). These bills now move to the House for its consideration.
I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support these bills received, but we’ve got much more work to do to provide greater accountability and transparency among our law enforcement, and to address racial injustice on a broader scale.
Learn more about our caucus’ proposed legislation at pasenate.com/reform, and reach out to my office with your ideas and concerns at email@example.com.
Protecting Healthcare Workers from Harassment
The Senate also passed SB 842, a bill that will remove the requirement for healthcare workers’ last names to be displayed on their facility photo ID badges. As a nurse, I know all too well that last name requirements have enabled patients to stalk, threaten, and otherwise harass nurses and caregivers both inside and outside the workplace.
This is an important step to protect healthcare workers, and I’m proud to have been a co-sponsor. Thank you to the advocates at SEIU Healthcare PA, Nurses of PA, and others for their work in moving this legislation forward. It now heads to the Governor’s desk to become law.
Recognizing Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
This month, Senator John Sabatina and I sponsored a resolution to officially designate June 2020 as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. More than 280,000 Pennsylvanians age 65 and older live with Alzheimer's. This year, we join the Alzheimer's Association to raise awareness of this debilitating disease and the need to increase efforts to combat its human and economic costs. We also celebrate the profound strength of the Alzheimer’s community – especially during these challenging times. For additional information and Alzheimer's resources, please visit the association’s website.
Distributing Face Masks to the Community
With the help of a generous donation from Yang’s Martial Arts School, my team and I were able to distribute 1,000 face masks to several organizations across the 12th district, including Nicole’s Place at Laurel House, the Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center, Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare, North Wales Area Library, and Gwynedd Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Our communities have done a great job in flattening the curve, but the coronavirus is still a serious threat. These masks will help protect hardworking staff and the community members they serve.
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
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|North Wales Office
Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
183 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012