I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. In this week’s newsletter, you can find information about state benefits for parents who must stay home due to your district’s virtual learning plan, new funding coming into our district, an important scam alert, and more.
For additional COVID-19 resources, please visit senatorcollett.com/coronavirus. My staff and I are here to help in any way we can. Need assistance? Have a question? Contact my office at email@example.com or leave us a message at 215-368-1429. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
We’re Still Here to Help!
I'm incredibly proud of the work my team has done to serve you during this challenging time. Like many of you, our office been working remotely since mid-March. We are still here to help you with state programs, unemployment issues, legislative questions, small business concerns, and more.
As always, you can reach us Monday through Friday between 9am-4:30pm at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 215-368-1429 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
School Closures, Virtual Learning, & State Benefits
If you will have to reduce or stop work to care for your child(ren) whose school has closed -- or is only providing a virtual option -- due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for benefits:
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave at partial pay for employees of certain types of employers if they need to care for a child whose school or childcare facility is closed because of COVID-19.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides unemployment compensation benefits to workers who lose income or employment because they are the primary caregiver to a child whose school or childcare provider has closed.
Please note that it is possible to be eligible for both of these programs at once. Questions? Contact our office.
Funding for the 12th District
First Round of Small Business Grants Awarded
I'm excited to announce that $96 million of federal CARES money has been awarded to small businesses in COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grants! This includes 241 grant recipients in Bucks County and 377 in Montgomery County, with the average grant award of nearly $20,000. Small businesses in our area have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and this funding, while just a first step, is crucial to help them get back on their feet.
Learn more: www.governor.pa.gov/…/gov-wolf-announces-96-million-for-sm…/.
Round two is now open! There's more than $100 million left in CARES funding to be distributed to our small businesses. If you applied in round one but did not receive a grant, your application will be automatically considered in round two. For new applicants, visit pabusinessgrants.com today.
$2.3 Million for Affordable Housing
I am also pleased to announce $2.3 million for our district to establish affordable housing, provide services for the homeless population and human trafficking victims, create shelter for victims of domestic violence, and more. Local organizations are receiving these grants through Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE), which is funded through Marcellus Shale Impact Fees, Realty Transfer Taxes and the National Housing Trust Fund. Congratulations to these deserving recipients:
- Bucks County
- Bucks County Housing Group - $60,000
- Bucks County Opportunity Council - $200,000
- YWCA Bucks County - $300,000
- Habitat for Humanity Bucks County - $100,000
- Bucks County Housing Services Department - $500,000
- Bucks County Housing Group - $135,000
- Montgomery County
- Montgomery County Department of Housing & Community Development - $500,000
- Laurel House - $250,000
- Habitat for Humanity Montgomery and Delaware Counties - $200,000
- Genesis Housing Corporation - $50,000
Contact Tracing Scam Alert
Scammers continue to take advantage of the pandemic. While contact tracers are an essential part of mitigating COVID-19, be aware contact tracers will NEVER ask for:
- Your social security number, financial/bank account information
- Personal info through text message
- Send you to any website link asking for personal information
- Photographs or videos of any kind
- Money or payment
A contact tracer MAY ASK you to verify your:
- Date of birth
- Phone numbers
- Previous COVID test location
Learn more about contact tracing on the Department of Health’s website.
Back to Learning Supplies for Military & Veteran Families
The Montgomery County Office of Veterans Affairs is hosting a drive-thru distribution of back to learning supplies for military and veteran families from August 17-23, or while supplies last. Evidence of veteran or military connection (including veteran indication on a license, veteran discount card, or discharge certificate) and number of students is required.
You can sign up for an appointment to pick up your supplies here.
Help Stop Child Abuse with NOVA Bucks
The Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) of Bucks County is encouraging residents to sign up for free online training to learn how to identify suspected child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, with many physical school buildings closed, mandated reporters and professionals who are specially trained to spot abuse are often unable to do so. That’s why NOVA Bucks is on a mission to train 5% of county residents as part of its “Not On My Watch” initiative. Bucks County Commissioners have designated August 20 as “Not On My Watch Day” to help spread the word. Learn more about NOVA and sign up for a free training session here.
Suspect abuse? Report it! Call PA ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
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